Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders to appear in beeb festive special

French and Saunders reunite for 30th anniversary special.

French and Saunders appear on Tyne Tees Television series The Tube which aired on Channel 4.

“We’ve got our lucky pants on and we’re ready to get funny…” – Dawn French

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will be back together this festive season as BBC Comedy brings a special anniversary episode of their award-winning sketch show French and Saunders to BBC One.

Reuniting for their first show in a decade, the talents that brought the world Absolutely Fabulous and The Vicar of Dibley are coming back to a screen near you to celebrate 30 years since the debut of their beeb sketch show which became best known for its parodies of big screen movies such as Titanic, Thelma and Louise and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Some would argue these were the best of the series, while others enjoyed the ‘off the wall sketches’ in between that featured guest names ranging from Bernie Clifton and Kate Moss to Dale Winton and Dusty Springfield.

Dawn and Jennifer promise to be the uproarious and madcap twosome that they have been on the beeb since 1987 with a show bursting with greatest hits, hilarious rarities, and even some brand new material. Prior to their series for the corporation French and Saunders made appearances on Channel 4 music and comedy showcase The Tube.

“We have almost deliberately stayed alive this long just to force the British Broadcorping Castration to put us on television one last time.” – Jennifer Saunders

Dawn French recently starred in Sky 1’s drama Delicious.

“To be honest I wouldn’t have a career without them so it’s terrific that they’re back together for this show of old, gold and new stuff. They are two of the greats and it’s good that they’ve finally found each other’s phone numbers for the first time in a while.” – Jon Plowman, Executive Producer

Additionally, to celebrate Dawn French’s 60th birthday next month, her critically acclaimed one-woman show, 30 Million Minutes, will air on BBC Two at 10pm on Sunday the 1st of October.

Originally broadcast on BBC Four last year and filmed during its final West End run in October 2016, it takes the audience on a journey through various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in, as Dawn speaks about the lessons life has taught her, and the things she knows to be true.

“French and Saunders are the godmothers of modern female comedy performers and one of the most beloved comedy double acts this country has ever produced. This will be a special treat for all comedy fans and we look forward to seeing what will get their glorious spoof treatment this Christmas.” – Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning

Jennifer Saunders is best known in recent times for her sitcom Absolutely Fabulous alongside Joanna Lumley.
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