‘French and Saunders’ to unwrap ‘Poldark’ parody for Christmas special


While it won’t put an end to the separation anxiety that Poldark fans have felt since series 3 ended last month on PBS but Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders’ Christmas Day special, 300 Years of French and Saunders, will go a long way to help soften the pain until series 4 begins in 2018. Alongside the comedy duo that last teamed up for a sketch show to mark their 20th anniversary in 2007 with A Bucket o’ French and Saunders will be Poldark stars Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) and Jack Farthing (George Warleggan) to lend their talents to the special.

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According to the Radio Times and the BBC, in addition to the Poldark parody, viewers can expect an appearance from Saunders’ Ab Fab co-star Joanna Lumley. And the special will also feature what looks like a Gogglebox spoof, with French and Saunders dressing up as elderly pair Mary and Marina.

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If this isn’t enough to make you wish Christmas would come sooner, French and Saunders will also toss in a parody of the popular drama, The Handmaid’s Tale, to top off the evening. “There’s some ­Handmaid’s Tale in there,” Dawn French told The Times. “We had fun with some of the costumes.

300 Years of French and Saunders airs Christmas Day at 10:35p on BBC1.