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Imagine… French & Saunders: Pointed, Bitchy, Bitter (BBC One Wednesday 27 December 2023)

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Imagine... French & Saunders

Step into the world of comedy legends Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in “imagine… French & Saunders: Pointed, Bitchy, Bitter.” Through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, this documentary explores their remarkable journey in the world of comedy and their enduring impact on the industry.

A Comedy Duo Like No Other

In a world of comedy duos, few have achieved the level of success and longevity as Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. And in the documentary “imagine… French & Saunders: Pointed, Bitchy, Bitter,” we get an inside look at their remarkable journey in the world of comedy.

The story begins with French and Saunders as college flatmates, where they bonded over their shared love for comedy and penchant for mischief. From there, they formed a partnership that would prove to be one for the ages. Through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from their successful podcast, “Titting About,” we see that their chemistry and ability to spark comedy in each other is as strong as ever.

The documentary takes us back to the early days, when French and Saunders were part of the groundbreaking Comic Strip team. This group of young comedians helped launch the new Channel 4 in 1982 and forever changed the face of television comedy. Alongside interviews with other Comic Strip veterans like Alexei Sayle, Adrian Edmondson, and Nigel Planer, French and Saunders recount their experiences as women in a male-dominated industry and the impact they had on future generations of female comedians.

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It’s fascinating to see the evolution of comedy from the perspective of French and Saunders. At the start of their career, comedy was still largely seen as a male domain. But their presence on TV was empowering and trailblazing for aspiring female comics, as later generations like Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins attest.

Throughout the documentary, we are treated to interviews with a star-studded cast of collaborators, including Dame Joanna Lumley, Ruby Wax, Richard Curtis, and Alexei Sayle. These interviews not only give us a glimpse into the witty and caustic minds of French and Saunders but also highlight the immense impact they had on the comedy landscape, inspiring countless comedians who would follow in their footsteps.

“imagine… French & Saunders: Pointed, Bitchy, Bitter” is a production by BBC Studios and is set to air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. With Laura Blount at the helm as producer and director, this documentary promises to be a fascinating exploration of the lives and careers of two comedy legends.

So mark your calendars for December 27, 2023, at 10:30 pm, and get ready to dive into the world of French and Saunders. From their humble beginnings to their iconic sketches and beyond, this documentary is a must-watch for fans of comedy and those interested in the rich history of British television. It’s a celebration of friendship, satire, and the indomitable spirit of two women who changed the face of comedy forever.

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Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.

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