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French and Saunders reunited to film in South Devon for new comedy show

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 05, 2012

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ONE of the country's greatest comedy partnerships, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, are filming together in South Devon.

The BAFTA-winning duo, who have not performed together since a Comic Relief sketch in 2009, join Jennifer's husband Ade Emondson in a new series of The Comic Strip Presents, called Five Go To Rehab.

They have been filming scenes on Dartington Estate for the show which will go out on comedy channel Gold later this year.

It marks 30 years since the original Comic Strip Presents — Five Go Mad In Dorset.

It again spoofs the adventurous kids in Famous Five author Enid Blyton's 1940s and 1950s books — and looks at what they might be up to now.

Plymouth-born French and Saunders, who lives with Ade and their daughters near Chagford, were last seen on screen together in a Comic Relief sketch about Mamma Mia.

They embarked on a farewell live stage tour in 2008 which they took to Australia in 2009.

The new show also stars original Comic Strip writer and South Devon resident Peter Richardson.

A Gold spokesman said: "Three decades on, the West Country is still a magical land of rolling hills — but the Five have failed to live up to their priggish ideals as they confront today's world."

Commissioning editor Sarah Fraser said: "Five Go To Rehab is one family reunion where extreme havoc reigns."

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  • RexDog  |  July 06 2012, 11:36PM

    What have we learnt today, that the prolific writers, wiscot, Sinjis_Things and Philip Godden are infact all the same person...that is interesting???? He even contradicts himself in postings under the same name. People wasting their time over where someone is born....how boring is that? What a ****** story, makes up space doesn't it.

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  • Bob_Wickerman  |  July 06 2012, 9:48PM

    England's King Henry V was born in Monmouth, Wales and was therefore technically a Welshman..:) "I am a Welshman"- Shakesp's H V, Act4 sc1

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  • CarltonClub  |  July 06 2012, 5:02PM

    They are not funny anymore especially the hefty one - bring on new talent. Oh and you shut it!

  • LordorNothing  |  July 06 2012, 3:54PM

    dawn went to st dunstans abbey in the 1970's as a border.

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  • circles1  |  July 06 2012, 3:16PM

    the new editor- doing a bang up job

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  • wiscot  |  July 06 2012, 3:05PM

    The Herald Express may wish to check my research using 'Google'. French was born in Anglesey (as stated by moyztedbear) and Saunders was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Both places unrelated to Plymouth, I fear.

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  July 06 2012, 3:03PM

    Jennifer Saunders was born in Lincolnshire and Dawn French was born in Anglesey neither of which are in Plymouth. It's just another example of sloppy reporting by the Herald Express staff when all they have to do is look on Wikipedia.

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  • moyztedbear  |  July 06 2012, 9:49AM

    i may be wrong but i remember reading somewhere dawn french was born in wales

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  • nicold  |  July 06 2012, 9:07AM

    Pity it's just going to be seen by the 150 people who watch Gold!

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  • PL1Plym  |  July 06 2012, 6:32AM

    Plymouth born French and Saunders? I don't think any of them where born in Plymouth. Dawn lived in the city for a number of years as a youngster. Sorry just being picky!