BAFTA Awards 2009. Image shows from L to R: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders. Copyright: Richard Young / REX / Shutterstock.

Funny Women: French & Saunders

Channel 5 documentary about Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. 1 episode in 2018. Features Jools Holland, Sarah Hadland, Christopher Biggins, Helen Lederer and others.

Funny Women: French & Saunders. Image shows from L to R: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders. Copyright: Victor Watts / REX / Shutterstock.

Funny Women: French & Saunders

A documentary looking at the comedy careers of double-act Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2018
Channel
Channel 5
Episodes
1
Features
Jools Holland, Sarah Hadland, Christopher Biggins, Helen Lederer, Emma Kennedy, James Rampton, Rowland Rivron, Mike Bolland and others
Director
Steph West
Producers
Steph West, Emma Clarke and Matt Crook

French & Saunders have fizzed with comic brilliance for nearly four decades, and as part of Channel 5's Funny Women series, this documentary celebrates this award-winning duo. Featuring friends and co-stars including Jools Holland, Sarah Hadland, Christopher Biggins and Helen Lederer, this programme features their greatest moments.

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are trailblazers, a double-act who started out in the famous Comic Strip troupe of the early 80s, before landing their own show on BBC, which ran for an astonishing twenty years.

From big budget movie spoofs to grubby old men to brilliant renditions of Abba, they created water-cooler moments in comedy. Brilliant together, they also had stunning solo careers, and made two of the biggest hit sitcoms of the 90s. Jennifer Saunders had an international hit with Absolutely Fabulous and Dawn French drew in ratings of more than 10 million with The Vicar Of Dibley. After their recent Christmas special reunion show, it's time to enjoy this dynamic duo all over again.

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