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French and Saunders 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1987– )
This BBC comedy skit show is the brainchild of longtime comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Each episode would feature satire on British life, television, and parodies on big box ... See full summary »
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Dawn French ...  Various Characters / ... 52 episodes, 1987-2017
Jennifer Saunders ...  Various Characters / ... 52 episodes, 1987-2017
Simon Brint Simon Brint ...  Ken Bishop / ... 29 episodes, 1987-1995
Rowland Rivron Rowland Rivron ...  Duane Bishop / ... 28 episodes, 1987-1995
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This BBC comedy skit show is the brainchild of longtime comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Each episode would feature satire on British life, television, and parodies on big box office films such as Batman Forever and Pulp Fiction. The duo also invited notable Brits such as Patsy Kensit, Lulu, and Kate Moss. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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9 March 1987 (UK) See more »

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Consistent laugher
27 May 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

This show has provided years of belly laughs, satirizing television, films, the arts, pretentious society types....if something's ripe for parody, they pounce on it. In the earlier series, the motif was a VERY low-rent variety show, complete with weekly guest stars, WAY past-their-prime dancers, and the cheesy 2-man band Raw Sex. The pathetic show-within-a-show was interspersed with comedy sketches, the funniest of which depicted a pair of extras in various show business locales (a war hospital film, a production of Carmen, the background of a Sports News show); regardless of their importance (or lack thereof) to the show, the two managed to get in the way and disrupt the production (always with the "props bahsket" in tow). Later series were more straightforward random collections of sketches. Film and TV parodies combined with skewering of pretension are their specialty; it's these later seasons you can see on the videos available for purchase, including the skit that spawned "Absolutely Fabulous." In any case, fans of anarchic British comedy should love this show.


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