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Clatterford 

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The comical misadventures of friends involved with a women's club. Retitled as "Clatterford" in the United States.
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Series cast summary:
Sue Johnston ...  Sal Vine 19 episodes, 2006-2009
Dawn French ...  Rosie Bales 19 episodes, 2006-2009
Maggie Steed ...  Eileen Pike 19 episodes, 2006-2009
Jennifer Saunders ...  Caroline Martin 19 episodes, 2006-2009
Sally Phillips ...  Tash Vine 18 episodes, 2006-2009
Pauline McLynn ...  Tippi Haddem 17 episodes, 2006-2009
Rosie Cavaliero ...  Kate Bales 17 episodes, 2006-2009
Suzy Aitchison Suzy Aitchison ...  Susie 17 episodes, 2006-2009
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ...  Vicar / ... 15 episodes, 2006-2009
Salima Saxton Salima Saxton ...  Yasmeen Vine 15 episodes, 2006-2009
Hazel John Hazel John ...  Pauline 15 episodes, 2006-2009
Simon Farnaby ...  Samuel 'Spike' Pike 13 episodes, 2006-2009
Doreen Mantle ...  Queenie 12 episodes, 2006-2008
David Mitchell ...  Dr. James Vine 12 episodes, 2006-2009
Thomas Assafuah Thomas Assafuah ...  Raph / ... 12 episodes, 2006-2009
Elanor Grimes Elanor Grimes ...  Janine, Spar Girl 10 episodes, 2006-2009
Ebony the Dog Ebony the Dog ...  Sal's Dog 10 episodes, 2006-2009
Robbie Richardson Robbie Richardson ...  Colin Haddem 9 episodes, 2006-2008
Nigel Lindsay ...  Marcus 9 episodes, 2006-2008
Menna Trussler ...  Megan Boyd / ... 8 episodes, 2006-2009
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Sally "Sal" Vine (Sue Johnston) is a popular nurse living in a small Devon village who has never been tempted to join the local Women's Institute, despite having been asked on numerous occasions. But when a personal tragedy leads Sal in to a deep depression, she emerges more impulsively and determined to live life to the full, beginning with joining the WI.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

24 November 2006 (UK) See more »

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Clatterford See more »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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(2009) | (2006-2008)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In her autobiography, Jennifer Saunders writes about coming up with the series. She was frustrated that the only depictions of country life on television consisted of extremely posh upper class people and extremely dim dirty people and nothing inbetween. She also writes she was largely inspired by the movie 'Calendar Girls'. See more »

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Featured in Funny Women: French & Saunders (2018) See more »

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Village Green Preservation Society
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by Kate Rusby
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Sweet, charming but NOT a sitcom
4 January 2007 | by sfemetSee all my reviews

When this appears on U.S. TV, it will be compared to "The Golden Girls." It is my fondest wish that NO ONE take such a comparison seriously. J&J is NOT a sitcom, thank Jennifer Saunders.

It is a sweet, charming, funny slice of life in a West Country village filled with eccentric, idiosyncratic folks. There is no one there I don't like and many I would love to know.

It has so far been a complete delight, filled with Jennifer's trademark wit, a delicious cast, beautiful locations and wonderful music. No laugh tracks, no dumbed-down humor here. It has an almost Robert Altman-like quality with overlapping dialogue and wonderful set pieces (episode five has several, my favorite being the pony trials). U.S. viewers might not get some of the references but for those of us who grew up in large towns and now live big cities, it is a temptation to chuck it all and move in with these people.

British TV is noteworthy for not padding episodes with exposition and back story which is a refreshing change. You'll pick everything up, trust me.

While Jennifer plays a small role as perpetually nettled Caroline Martin, it is Sue Johnston's show. I loved her work in "Waking the Dead" and am delighted that she gets to show off her comic side. The rest of the cast is really solid, particularly Sally Phillips as Tash, (you haven't lived until you've seen her UK Valley-girl/hippie/stoner routine), and Dawn French's Rosie takes turns making me laugh and breaking my heart. Pauline McLynn plays Sue's best mate and has totally won me over.

The only weak spot might be Joanna Lumley's Delilah Stagg. It's pretty clear that Delilah is a somewhat re-worked version of the aged Patsy Stone from "Ab Fab." She seems to turn up, do a bit of business each episode and disappear. Not sure where Jennifer's going with Delilah, but who knows maybe that's the point.

Really first class TV. Can't wait for Series 2. Get busy ladies.

(Each episode runs a full 30 minutes.)


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