Girls On Top. Image shows from L to R: Amanda Ripley (Dawn French), Candice Valentine (Tracey Ullman), Lady Chloe Carlton (Joan Greenwood), Shelley DuPont (Ruby Wax), Jennifer Marsh (Jennifer Saunders)
Girls On Top

Girls On Top

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 1985 - 1986
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Four girls share a flat together in London. Having nothing in common aside from their gender, they barely manage to co-exist. Stars Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, Tracey Ullman and Joan Greenwood

Girls On Top. Image shows from L to R: Amanda Ripley (Dawn French), Lady Chloe Carlton (Joan Greenwood), Candice Valentine (Tracey Ullman), Shelley DuPont (Ruby Wax), Jennifer Marsh (Jennifer Saunders). Copyright: Central Independent Television

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1985 - 1986
Channels
ITV
Episodes
13 (2 series)
Stars
Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, Tracey Ullman and Joan Greenwood
Writers
Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Ben Elton
Directors
Paul Jackson and Ed Bye
Producers
Paul Jackson, Trevor Walton and Allan McKeown
Companies

When militant feminist-marxist Amanda lands a flat, she realises that she cannot afford the rent without another tenant - enter loud American actress-wannabe Shelly - who promptly commandeers the master bedroom. Also sharing the abode are Amanda's childhood friend - the dopey and infantile Jennifer and the flat's previous tenant, Candice - a brazen tart, thief and hypochondriac.

Downstairs, living in her own insane world, is Lady Carlton - an eccentric romance novelist and the girls' land-lady.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
The theme tune was written and performed by Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from the British band Squeeze (with the cast singing the theme for the first series, and Tilbrook singing for the second).

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 23rd October 1985 at 8:30pm on ITV

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