French & Saunders end 24-year partnership as Jam cancelled


149237_1They started together in Girls on Top in 1985, continued through French & Saunders, collaborated on numerous Comic Relief sketches and, ultimately, now end with the cancellation of their latest three year collaboration of Jam and Jerusalem. In between, some incredibly successful individual efforts with Murder Most Horrid, Wild West and Vicar of Dibley from Dawn French and Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle and Absolutely Fabulous from Jennifer Saunders.

BBC axe falls

imagesThe Women’s Guild in the West Country village of Clatterford St Mary is shutting it’s doors after three seasons, also shutting the doors on the highly successful comedy duo of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Surprisingly, the series, which also starred Pauline McLynn (Father Ted), Sue Johnston (The Royle Family), had seen increased ratings since it’s premiere in 2006.

Unfortunately, that’s the way things go from my standpoint over the years with numerous “critically acclaimed” series that I liked getting the axe. Series like Sports Night, Arrested Development and Mulberry immediately come to mind.

  • Cora Latta

    Wow – I hope they can find another project to work on together. Have always enjoyed their work.

  • Deb McCarroll

    I will sorely miss the good folk of Clatterford. I don’t understand why the BBC didn’t just move the show to BBC2 if they felt it wasn’t getting enough of a share on BBC1. The show’s ratings were certainly respectable. Also the BEEB has said they are in talks with Saunders on other projects and Jen herself has said that is untrue. Drop your grumblings with the BBC here https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/