French and Saunders(1987)
Story: 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.
Awards: 3 wins & 13 nominations.
Network: British Broadcasting Corporation
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First Air Date: 1987-03-09
Created by: Dawn French
Show Status: Returning Series
Last Air Date: 2005-12-27
MPAA Rating: N/A
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Episode Runtime: 30min
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CrewExecutive Producer - Jon Plowman
Producer - Jon Plowman
Season 1Season Overview
- Episode 1 - (Alison Moyet)
First episode of the smash hit series.
- Episode 2 - (Roy Castle)
With Roy Castle.
- Episode 3 - (Julie T. Wallace)
- Episode 4 - (Michael Grade)
- Episode 5 - (Jools Holland, Rik Mayall, Harry Enfield)
- Episode 6 - (Joan Armatrading, Harriet Thorpe)
Season 2Season Overview
- Episode 1 - Episode 1
Joan Bakewell presents a documentary about two modern artists, Muriel and Maddie. Also Squeeze sing a great song called "853-9537".
- Episode 2 - (Toyah, Steve O'Donnell)
- Episode 3 - (Helen Lederer, Kirsty MacColl)
- Episode 4 - (Ben Elton)
- Episode 5 - (Adrian Edmondson, Lenny Henry, The Proclaimers)
- Episode 6 - (Robbie Coltrane, June Whitfield)
Season 3Season Overview
- Episode 1 - The Sound of Music
Season 3 kicks off with a great 'Sound of Music' send up - Dawn as Maria and Jen as Mother Superior fight it out to sing 'Climb ev'ry Mountain'. Jerry Hall and Marie Helvin stand in for Dawn and Jen while their off on the 'catwalks of Milan'. They use a Channel 4 programme layout, 'Star Test' to interview pop-stars of the moment, throughout season 3 - this week it's 'sophisticated, scouse' Sonia. One of the 2 fat ladies cuts off a finger - 'blood and sand', then later we see the land-rover driven through the kitchen wall in order to catch the game-birds. Dawn is 'A Right Royal Guest' on a TV-am spoof. The fantastic Abba show us their new video for 'C'est Vie, c'est vie!'. Kirsty MacColl sings the excellent '15 minutes' and we meet Dot and May, who run 'Star Pets' and train animals (and vegetables) for television.
- Episode 2 - Whatever Happened to Baby Dawn?
As the title suggests, this weeks film is a parody of 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?', with Jen isolated upstairs in a wheelchair, as Dawn gets up to some 'serupticious, drunken, bawdy mischief'. Guests on 'Star Test' this week are Matt and Luke Goss - 'Bros' (short for brothers). It's 'Dawns Dosh Spot' on TV-am and Kirsty MacColl duets with Ken Bishop on 'Somethin' Stupid'. The 2 Fat Ladies get home and discuss the wedding they've just attended and we join Jilly and Fiona, editors of 'Womanly World' magazine arranging the next issue.
- Episode 3 - The Exorcist
Poor Dawnie is posessed this week, as we see in the French and Saunders' take on 'The Exorcist'. We see into the pitfalls of being a 'lookie-likie' on 'Watch-Out', the consumer affairs programme, and how Maggie Philbins 'lookie-likie' is such a perfectionist she had to marry a Cheggers look-a-like! The 'She-Rappers' make their debut in front of 'a friend of Africa Bambaata', while errr... Hollywood 'expert' Dawn joins Jen on the TV-am sofa and discusses 'a day in the life of...Joan Collins. Kirsty MacColl sings 'I Ride' while Dawn and Jen don their leathers and ride their bikes in the video. Jo and Judith have a working lunch regarding 'Stars and their toilet seats' and come up with the innovative idea of a 'plop-up' book.
- Episode 4 - Gone with the Wind
Jen is Scarlet O'Hara - 'Fiddle-de-dee'! We see how they pass the time on a prison visit, 'Countdown' and 'Name That Tune' go down well! This weeks Star Test Guest is lead singer from Transvision Vamp, Wendy James. Ken from Raw Sex duets with his girlfriend via cassette as she's under the weather, while Kirsty MacColl sings the wonderful 'Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim'. We go out to a Country Cottage and watch the house-keepers discuss the laundry - '50 quid for a T-shirt? Couldn't believe it', the freaky-health-conscious boss 'poison?- white bread, apparently' and how to make a few quid!
- Episode 5 - Dangerous Liaisons
It's whispering rumours-'n'-deceit-beind-fans time as Dawn and Jen 'do' Dangerous Liaisons. Star Test interviews Tanita Tikaram and asks that burning question - ""What does 'Twist in my Sobriety' mean?"". ""I'm in the studio with Dr Eleanor Wood"" who's being interviewed for 'Record Choice', although the host is more amused by the Doctors 'ample,chunky,tubby,piggy' size than anything she has to say. 'Back with Dawn' on TV-am who today is, apparently an expert on 'space' (although the wrong kind of space!), and we hear 'A Wedding Day' on the Poetry Spot... arrr! The 'thinking mans crumpet' Joan Bakewell hosts an Arts programme dedicated to Andy Warholes work. There's been a mix-up in make-up when Sharon and Tracey from 'Birds of A Fea-ver' arrive in Jens living room.
- Episode 6 - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
- Episode 7 - (Jane Asher, Carl Davis)
Season 4Season Overview
- Episode 1 - Misery
- Episode 2 - The Silence of the Lambs
- Episode 3 - The Seventh Seal
- Episode 4 - In Bed with French & Saunders
- Episode 5 - French & Saunders: the Special Edition
- Episode 6 - The House of Idiot
- Episode 7 - Thelma and Louise
Season 5Season Overview
- Episode 1 - Baywatch
- Episode 2 - Loveheart
- Episode 3 - Franco e Sandro
- Episode 4 - Batman
- Episode 5 - Pulp Fiction
- Episode 6 - The Quick and the Dead
- Episode 7 - Dr. Quimn, Mad Woman
Season 6Season Overview
- Episode 1 - Episode 1
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders go behind the scenes at the BBC, with sketches featuring old favourites, new characters and film parodies. Dawn and Jennifer's first day at their new office and they meet their producer. Sketches include Dawn's unusual medical check-up and an homage to the film Cold Mountain.
- Episode 2 - Episode 2
This week, still struggling to come up with ideas, French & Saunders have to meet with the controller of BBC One (Eve Pollard). Plus they pay tribute to Cher through the ages and Catherine Zeta-Jones is in conversation
- Episode 3 - Episode 3
Behind the scenes in the office, Dawn is feeling ignored and wonders why she hasn't been invited to the Palace to meet the Queen. Jennifer has been invited and instead of writing scripts is practising her curtsey. Sketches include tributes to Kill Bill, Most Haunted and Catherine Zeta-Jones
- Episode 4 - Episode 4
In the office, Dawn and Jennifer have to offer their ideas for new programmes to the Controller of BBC ONE. Sketches include a tribute to Madonna and Chris Martin's Mum
- Episode 5 - Episode 5
Despite having a new series to write, Dawn French is preoccupied with the fact she has been invited to go on Fit Farm but doesn't really know why. She also fulfills her dream of singing on Top Of The Pops with Anastasia, and the movie Troy gets a make-over, with Jennifer Saunders as Brad Pitt's Achilles and Dawn as the ethereal Helen.
- Episode 6 - Series 6 Episode 6
French and Saunders have to take their ideas to offers, they have NOTHING!
- Episode 7 - French and Saunders: I Can't Believe It's Music (1)
A Collection of French & Saunders Music Moments From The Past. Featuring their clasic takes on ABBA, The Poo Stripes, Bros, Cher and Madonna With Britney Spears plus Madonna with Missy Elliott and more First of 2 Specials
- Episode 8 - French and Saunders: I Can't Believe It's Music (2)
A Collection of French & Saunders Music Moments From The Past. Featuring their classic takes on Alanis Morissette, Bananarama (a.k.a Laneenaneenoonoo), Bono (a.k.a Bonono), Shakespears Sister (a.k.a Dickens Daughter), The Bangles, Sonia, In Bed With Madonnas and more Second of 2 Specials
- Episode 9 - French and Saunders: Christmas Celebrity Special
In this 2005 Chirstmas special, Dawn and Jennifer are under orders by Dr Tanya Byron, to stop being mean to celebrities. Can they resist tempation to impersonate Boy George, George Micheal, Jackie Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Elton John and Kiki Dee for just 40 minutes? Meanwhile in Albert Square, Kat really wants to talk to Alfie in 'the Vic' but The Extras keep invading the set. On Mastermind, Abigail Wilson's specialist subject is Ceramic Tea Pots. At Beckenham Folk Festival Rufus Wainwirght is upstaged by two over enthusiastic backing singers. The girls on the farm have the next best thing in reality TV - Baby Look-A-Likes Plus film spoofs of the Graduate, Chicago and Vera Drake.
Season 7Season Overview
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- Episode 1 - The French and Saunders Christmas Special
- Episode 1 - (Alison Moyet)