A reflective Lenny Henry speaks out

We’ve come to know both Lenny Henry and Dawn French separately over the years in their most popular roles as Chef Gareth Blackstock (Chef!) and Geraldine Granger (Vicar of Dibley). Millions of British comedy fans across the globe have laughed and cried with both their characters over the years which is an incredible achievement for […]

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A French and Saunders primer on Harry Potter, part 1

Who better to catch you up on the real Harry Potter story before you hit the theaters on Friday (maybe tonight at 12mid) to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1 than the great British comedy duo of French and Saunders.  Originally created for Red Nose Day in the UK, this is nothing short of […]

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Five minutes with Dawn French and more….

For several years, Matthew Stadlen has had the good fortune of being able to sit down with many notables worldwide including many British television and comedy favorites. Think of it as Robert Llewellyn’s Carpool without the car and the tenseness of having to navigate London traffic while conducting an interview. Five Minutes With… is a […]

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Could the Bishop of Dibley be a possibility?

What was hinted to us on several occasions during our recent interviews with various cast members of the great Vicar of Dibley, received another shot in the arm yesterday when the Vicar, herself, said anything’s possible when it comes to more Vicar of Dibley episodes in the future. As reported by our friends over at […]

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Fall reading by some British comedy favorites

A few additions to your Fall reading list have just hit the shelves the last couple of weeks from two long-time favorite British comedy stars. Dawn French Following the release of her memorable autobiography titled Dear Fatty, Dawn French talked of a very difficult, painful life that led her to a life of comedy. Now, […]

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British comedy duo French and Saunders "getting the band back together"…

“Chuffed to blooming heck…” is how Dawn French described her feelings regarding the news of her and long-time British comedy partner, Jennifer Saunders, reuniting to host three, 2-hour, programs for BBC Radio 2 this holiday season. The French and Saunders programs can be heard on Boxing Day (26 December), New Year’s Day (1 January) and 3 January with […]

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"Dibley Town Council" exists in Turville

This is too coincidental. Remember just a short time back (yesterday, for that matter), we wondered if in TV, art imitates life or life imitates art. Well, we now have positive proof that both are true in the village of Turville, Buckinghamshire, UK, the setting for the Vicar of Dibley, judging by this story as […]

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Dawn French on her newest project, Roger and Val Have Just Got In

He’s a botanist at a local garden centre. She’s a food technology teacher. The he is Alfred Molina and the she is Dawn French. The two star in the newest addition to the BBC Two british comedy line-up beginning this coming Friday titled Roger and Val Have Just Got In. It’s not “laugh out loud […]

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A brief, but great moment with Dawn French

LONDON – July 18, 2010: It just keeps getting better and better as we continue our interviews for the doc on the British comedy writers for PBS. Yesterday, it was another day, another highlight as we talked with Dawn French, writer, actor, comedy genius. Dawn talked at great length about her good friend, Richard Curtis, […]

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The absolute greatness that is Penelope Keith

LONDON, July 17, 2010 – Yesterday was one of the highlights of the trip this time. As you read in yesterday’s post, we started the day off by interviewing Roger Lloyd Pack from The Vicar of Dibley and The Old Guys. What a genuinely nice individual. Penelope Keith at the Brooklands After that, we ventured […]

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