'Fame proved toxic for the relationship': when comedy double acts split
David Baddiel, Andy Zaltzman, Richard Herring and other comics on fame, failure and friendshipIn 1978, the year before the film 10 made a Hollywood star of Dudley Moore, the comedian appeared alongside his long-standing double-act partner, Peter Cook, on the Saturday-night chatshow Parkinson.“... [Read More]
The comedy trends of 2015: nostalgia, oversharing and new-school mimes
From newfound political awareness to a resurgence of clowning, 2015’s comedy landscape was bumpy but invigoratingIn election year, it was apt that political comedy seemed to be back on the agenda. We had Russell Brand’s last-minute intervention in the Westminster campaign – and so ... [Read More]
Dawn French review – comic opens her heart in poignant solo show
Vaudeville, LondonFrench draws on memories of her beloved father and her relationship with her body to tackle the biggest subject of all: how do you be a person?Dawn French has been alive 30 million minutes, she tells us. But only now, in the “sliver of time” when experience and lucidity... [Read More]
Dawn French to tour... with a life-sized Jennifer Saunders puppet
Dawn French wants to go on tour – but with a life-sized puppet in place of Jennifer Saunders. French says she came up with the idea because she yearns to go back on the road, but her double-act partner of 30 years did not. She told Smooth Radio’ Mark Goodier today: ‘I can't resist it. I don't think Jennifer wants to, so no more French and Saunders touring but I want to do a one-woman show. ‘In fact I'm planning one now and I've got to write it. I want to do it with a puppet, they are called Hand... [Read More]
Dawn French publishes first novel | RTÉ Ten interview
Dawn French, actress and comedian, has just published her first novel: a work that was completed during the break-up of her marriage to Lenny Henry. [Read More]
French and Saunders reunite for Christmas radio shows
It has been less than two years since they officially ended their professional relationship – but Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are reuniting for a series of new radio shows. The duo will present three Christmas and New Year specials for Radio 2, featuring a mix of chat and music. The two-hour shows will be broadcast on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the New Year bank holiday on January 3. [Read More]
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders split / comedy Jam and Jerusalem axed by BBC | mirror.co.uk
Bbc Chiefs have axed Jennifer Saunders' gentle comedy Jam and Jerusalem after three series - ending her 24-year partnership with Dawn French. The pair, both 51, rose to fame on ITV's Girls on Top in 1985, but last year declared they would no longer work together as a double act. Jam and Jerusalem, aimed at older viewers with Saunders playing upper crust Caroline, and French the factory worker Rosie, was their last project. [Read More]
New sitcom for Dawn French | Chortle
Dawn French is to star in a new comedy about married life for BBC2. Each episode of Roger & Val Have Just Got In will feature French and her on-screen husband - who has yet to be cast - discussing their days at work. Written by Emma and Beth Kilcoyne of the one-time sketch act Live! Girls!, the sitcom is said to be a ‘microscopic behavioural comedy' in the spirit of The Royle Family [Read More]
BAFTAs 2009: TV Winners: French, Suanders
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders were jointly given the academy fellowship, and Saunders said in her acceptance speech: "This is a huge honour and after 30 years it's kind of like the cherry on the icing on the cake." After accepting the award from Dame Helen Mirren, Saunders joked that though she and French were retired as a comedy duo, they were available for work in her "award-winning films". Mad Men won an international award over over The Wire, Dexter and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. [Read More]
Bafta honour for French & Saunders | Chortle
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to be awarded with the highest Bafta honour, a Bafta Fellowship award. At next Sunday's ceremony, they will become only the second comedy double act - after Morecambe and Wise - to scoop the prestigous accolade. [Read More]