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

Key details

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

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.

Additional details

Also known as
  • French And Saunders: 30 Years Of Laughs
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 9th March 2018 at 10:30pm on Channel 5
Episode length
1 hour
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 18th July 2021 at 1:30am on CC Extra
  • Tuesday 13th July 2021 at 11:30pm on CC Extra
  • Saturday 9th May 2020 at 10:45pm on C5

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