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Jennifer Saunders says BBC can’t afford a new French & Saunders series!


Iconic British comedian, Jennifer Saunders, has put rumours to rest that there will be a remake of her hit comedy sketch show, French & Saunders, by saying that the BBC couldn’t afford a new series.

French & Saunders ran for 20 years from 1987 – 2007 and featured Saunders, who is married to fellow British comedian Ade Edmondson, and her comedy partner Dawn French.
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Homeland’s Damian Lewis cosies up to Dawn French for Vicar Of Dibley Comic Relief special!

Damian Lewis in Homeland episode six

We are quite jealous of Dawn French already but by the time we see her on Comic Relief tomorrow night, we’re pretty sure that we’ll never want to see the comedienne on our screens ever again.

Much as we loved the buxom funny woman, it hardly seems fair that she’s already got to snog Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant and George Clooney is ready to add yet another Hollywood star to her list, while we can’t even get within touching distance.

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Heading Out: Joanna Scanlan (Toria) discusses sharing a bed with Sue Perkins and what the series has in store for us ahead of tonight’s second episode! (EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW)

Tonight sees the second instalment of new BBC2 sitcom, Heading out, starring and written by British comedy genius Sue Perkins, and Unreality TV were privileged enough to catch up with one of its main stars, Joanna Scanlan, to find out all the goss for the rest of the series.

Heading Out tells the story of Sara, a veterinarian who is given an ultimatum by her friends to tell her parents that she is gay.

In order to help her ‘come out’, Sara’s friends buy her 6 weeks’ worth of sessions with a life coach in the form of eccentric netball player, Toria (Joanna Scanlan), before her parents are due to visit so that Sara can come clean to them at last.
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Dougray Scott joins cast of James Corden’s The Wrong Mans!

Following the BBC’s announcement last month that they have commissioned Gavin & Stacey star and creator, James Corden’s new drama, The Wrong Mans, it has now been revealed that Dougray Scott will be joining the already all-star cast.

The Wrong Mans, written by and starring James Corden and Mathew Baynton, follows the story hopeless pals Phil Bourne & Sam Pinkett (played by James Corden and Matthew Baynton) whose pointless lives are turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity.
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Dawn French, James Corden, Mathew Baynton, Emilia Fox & Rebecca Front for The Wrong Mans – BBC Two

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BBC have announced the new cast for their latest drama commission The Wrong Mans.

The show has been penned by and stars James Corden & Mathew Baynton, who take on the roles of hapless duo Phil Bourne & Sam Pinkett, whose menial existence is turned upside-down by a chance phonecall and a case of mistaken identity.

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ITV set sights on Dawn French after her impressive Superstar run!

Bosses at ITV are reportedly very keen to find a new project for legendary comedian, Dawn French, after she impressed them so much during her judging role on Superstar, according to the Sun newspaper.

French, who is best known for her leading roles in French and Saunders and The Vicar Of Dibley, won over the audience during the Andrew Lloyd Webber talent show to find the new Jesus in his musical, despite having no previous reality talent show experience.
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Superstar – The Final: Roger Wright, Rory Taylor and Ben Forster fight for the role of Jesus

So here we are tonight for the final of Superstar and everyone was in their finery – Amanda Holden was dressed like an extra from Starlight Express, Jason had a tux on, Dawn was wearing a lovely sparkly top and Andrew had one too many buttons on his shirt. The opening song this night was Hosanna from Jesus Christ Superstar and it was good to hear the boys sing a song from the show but once again I feel that Roger has the presence to play Jesus but at this point I feel it’s definitely going to be Ben.

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Superstar: The Final Five Predictions

Ben Forster
The Story So Far: Sunderland’s own Ben Forster, a former musical star who got through to boot camp on the X-Factor back in 2009, has impressed throughout the competition. Mel C in particular has praised his honest performances while Andrew Lloyd-Webber has complemented him on his consistency.
Best Performance: Ben’s performance of R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts bought Mel to tears and it made her say that she really wanted to act beside him in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Worst Performance: Ben’s performances have universally been praised by the panel however his first night performance of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know was criticised by Andrew as he didn’t think Ben connected with the lyrics.
What are his chances?: Ben is one of only two never to have been part of the sing-off before so he obviously has a lot of audience support and the judges’ unanimous praise also adds to the fact that he goes all the way. I personally think that at the moment he has to be the favourite as the combination of positive comments and viewer votes usually add up to the winner of the show.
My Thoughts: While agree that Ben has been consistent, he really doesn’t do anything for me and I really couldn’t picture him as Jesus. Read more & comment »

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders to reunite for new Comic Strip Presents comedy

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since we last saw comedy duo Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French performing together on screen, but as they last paired up to play a sketch for Comic Relief in 2009, it has indeed been that long.

The pair of course first shot to fame as a duo in their hit series French and Saunders, but both are equally well known for their participation in The Comic Strip Presents skits.

But now, they are apparently set to reunite again for The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go To Rehab, which is of course a spoof on Enid Blyton’s series of 21 children’s books, The Famous Five.

Jennifer’s comedian husband Ade Edmondson will also star in the one-off special… Read more & comment »

Dawn French says her weight loss was “nothing to do with self-esteem”

Comedienne Dawn French never had a problem at poking fun at herself, particularly where her weight was concerned, and in her hit sitcom Vicar of Dibley, many of the show’s gags surrounded her character gorging on sweets and ice cream.

However, Dawn, having lost around seven stones in weight, is quite literally half the woman she was a few years ago, but in an interview with the Daily Mirror, she revealed that he weight loss had “nothing to do with self-esteem” or worries about how she looked.

Instead, Dawn said she decided to lose weight simply because of the health risks associated with obesity, and especially those that pertain to middle-aged women.

Dawn began the interview by pointing out that she doesn’t keep a precision track of her weight, and isn’t a “scales gazer.”

So when asked what her current weight loss tally is, Dawn told the Mirror’s Rachael Bletchly, “I really don’t know. I’ve never been a scales-gazer.”

She added, “I had lost about seven-and-a-half stone but then I put a bit on because I ate at Christmas and I haven’t really weighed myself since… Read more & comment »

Dawn French in line to join judging panel of Jesus Christ Superstar search

Andrew Lloyd Webber is in the final stages of putting together the judging panel for his new talent search, which will see hopefuls competing for the chance to play the lead role in a new adaptation of hit musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.

And it’s been reported today that he’s keen to land Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French for his panel of experts, and a source close to the show has revealed that she’s close to signing on the dotted line.

The insider told TV Biz, “Andrew is looking for the cream of British acting and showbiz stars for Superstar and Dawn has caught his eye.

“She is outspoken, someone who connects with ordinary people and has years and years of experience.

“It’s early days but she is interested and they have been very taken with her in the initial conversations.”

It’s already been reported that Jason Donovan and former Spice Girl Mel C are lined up for the judging panel of the show, which launches in July… Read more & comment »

Dawn French says she misses her “old body!”

Comedienne Dawn French has slimmed down by a massive seven stones, yet despite the fact that she’s fitter and healthier than she has been for many years, Dawn reckons she misses her old body.

Speaking to Woman magazine, Dawn – who weighed twenty stones before her weight loss – explained, “I have a great fondness for that other body. I knew it very well and I don’t know this one as well, not yet.

“I was never actually unhappy then so it’s not the case that I was miserable and I’m happy now.

“The fact is, I’m still a fat woman. I’m still stones over my BMI index or whatever it’s called.

“I never even knew such a thing existed until people started telling me there was a weight you’re supposed to be…” Read more & comment »

Lenny Henry moves on from Dawn French with new girlfriend Lisa Makin

Lenny Henry has found love again.

The British comedian split with his wife of 26 years Dawn French last year and has mostly stayed out of the headlines since. However the Mirror reports that the face of Premier Inn is now dating theatre producer Lisa Makin.

The new woman in his life is said to look a lot like Dawn, which may makes things awkward when the ex and the current woman in his life meet for the first time and after spotting the pair on a date in The Old Vic theatre, an onlooker said:

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Dawn French and Caroline Aherne and Sally Lindsay on wish-list for Loose Women

The Daily Mirror today reports that comediennes Dawn French and Caroline Aherne are on ITV bosses wish-list as replacements for Kate Thornton and Zoe Tyler on daytime show Loose Women.

And former Corrie star Sally Lindsay is also “being wooed by bosses” who’re said to be desperate to save the show.

The paper adds, “Dawn, 53, Caroline, 47 and Sally, 37, are vying with former Countdown host Carol Vorderman, 50, and Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin, 51, for prestigious spots on the daily lunchtime chat show.” Read more & comment »

Dawn French says health worries made her lose the pounds

Comedienne Dawn French has revealed that it was concerns over her health that caused her to begin to lose weight.

Dawn, who split from husband Lenny Henry last year, has lost four and a half stone in the last few months, and she told What’s On TV that she’s been “surprised” by how much attention her slimmed down look is attracting.

Dawn said, “I think when you’re over 50, you kind of have to pay attention to your health a bit.

“I want to be there for my kid, I have quite a lot of exciting adventures that I want to do,” she told ITV’s This Morning.

“I just ballooned up a bit more than I wanted to. But you can always address it – you just have to eat less and walk more and that’s what I’m doing.

“I never really care much about what the shell is and everyone else is much more interested in it and I’m quite surprised about that.” Read more & comment »