Dawn French

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Jack and the Beanstalk review – no expense spared for giant all-star entertainment
Dawn French, Julian Clary and the like join an animatronic giant with a vast beanstalk in an innuendo-heavy, story-light show

Brian Logan

15, Dec, 2022 @1:04 PM

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The week in audio: Where There’s A Will There’s a Wake; Origins; The Art of Longevity and more
Kathy Burke cackles as Dawn French plans her own demise. Elsewhere, Carmen Callil’s final interview, and farewell to a classic podcast one-off

Miranda Sawyer

03, Dec, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Lenny Henry on his roaring 60s, writing for kids and facing Lord of the Rings trolls: ‘They sit in their pants, slagging off anything different’
His mother warned him not to overstretch; his partner tells him to be more choosy. But Lenny Henry (actor, comedian, campaigner, author, hobbit) just can’t help himself

Tom Lamont

08, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The 100 greatest BBC music performances – ranked!
As the Beeb celebrates its centenary, we take a look at its most memorable pop moments, from the birth of grime to the first sightings of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, plus TOTP goes Madchester and countless classic Peel sessions

Guardian music

06, Oct, 2022 @12:12 PM

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Dawn French Is a Huge Twat review – mini-masterpieces of self-mockery
French heaps detail upon self-abasing detail as she shares hugely engaging stories from her 40-year career

Brian Logan

18, Sep, 2022 @11:32 AM

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The week in audio: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Austen?; The Superhero Complex; Hear Her Voice; Cheat!
French and Saunders front an old-school gagfest, while podcasting’s obsession with egotistical frauds and con artists continues

Miranda Sawyer

09, Apr, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Death on the Nile review – Kenneth Branagh makes heavy weather of Christie caper
Branagh’s spirited performance as Poirot and a big-name ensemble cast can’t keep this stale and two-dimensional whodunnit afloat

Peter Bradshaw

07, Feb, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Gary Waldhorn obituary
Veteran stage actor who found wider fame through his role in the much-loved TV sitcom The Vicar of Dibley

Michael Coveney

14, Jan, 2022 @11:46 AM

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Bring me sunshine: ‘new’ Morecambe and Wise Show episode brings Christmas cheer
Eric and Ernie, John and Paul, Jennifer and Dawn... ‘lost’ tapes by comedy duo highlight creative power of friendship

Andrew Anthony

25, Dec, 2021 @2:00 PM

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‘Rogues or idiots’: Justin Welby condemns TV portrayal of clergy
Archbishop of Canterbury says vicars are ‘hard-working, normal people’ rather than ‘depressing’ depictions seen in TV dramas

Harriet Sherwood

24, Nov, 2021 @10:21 AM

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TV tonight: French and Saunders on their top female comics
The sketch comedy duo trawl through the archive for formative clips of Wood, Walters and more. Plus: Beck investigates a murder. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue and Simon Wardell

17, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Jordan North: 'Other kids were out drinking – I was watching the Vicar of Dibley'
The Radio 1 DJ and I’m a Celebrity runner up on a childhood spent watching sitcoms with his mum, from the Dawn French classic to The Royle Family and Keeping Up Appearances

As told to Hannah J Davies

16, Mar, 2021 @2:00 PM

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