Announced as the first new series for three years, this episode of French and Saunders starts with a Misery parody that I’m sure was partly inspired by the success of Absolutely Fabulous. Jennifer plays the author who’s written her new masterpiece, but it’s a sketch show that doesn’t feature her comedy partner – who happens to rescue her when her car crashes.
Jennifer does Marlene Dietrich.
Duane does Bowie
There’s a song from Dickens Daughter.
The two creepy old men are delivering the mail around Broadcasting House (spot the curved corridors).
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th February 1993 – 21:00
The next episode has the pitch-perfect Silence of the Lambs. Ed Bishop plays the Head of Light Entertainment.
As Jennifer walks past the cells, there are appearances from Roy Hudd and Christopher Biggins
The Krankies. “Fandabidozie”
Dawn plays the Lecter role.
Amusingly, given the Misery/Absolutely Fabulous implcations of the last episode, Dawn gets a prop kit so she can be Britain’s first comedy female vicar. At least a year before the Vicar of Dibley.
In Luckybitches, a parody of Joan and Jackie Collins, Jonathan Ross turns up as an American chat show host.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 25th February 1993 – 21:00
The next episode parodies Ingmar Bergman. Not quite the same vein of material as Silence of the Lambs. But Simon Brint makes a good Death.
There’s a parody of Guns ‘n’ Roses November Rain with Jennifer as Axl Rose
And Dawn plays Slash
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th March 1993 – 21:00
In Bed with Madonna is the parody target next.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 11th March 1993 – 21:00
The next episode does Aliens: Special Edition which looks like it must have cost a fortune, including custom models.
Jennifer makes a good RIpley
Kathy Burke is the Vasquez character.
Even a facehugger
And a chestburster
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th March 1993 – 21:00
The final episode pokes fun at The House of Eliott as The House of Idiot.
Raw Sex look at DJs with an unfortunate choice. I wonder if this sketch would be cut from repeats.
In their House of Eliott parody, they come face to face with the real cast.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 25th March 1993 – 21:00
There’s no more on the tape after this.