A Talent to Amuse.
What a talented woman Jennifer Saunders is. She is presently appearing on TV in the third series (IMO the best) of Jam and Jerusalem – a three- parter which she co- wrote with Abigail Wilson. The final is one on Sunday night at on BBC 1.
Over the years with French and Sunders and Absolutely Fabulous tears of laughter have not been a rarity but on Sunday night her portrayal of the kind of English country woman to whom a show of affection to another human is a mortal sin (dogs and horses are excepted) I was spell bound watching her stolidly expressionless face as she, in turn, was watching a video of her young son who has just been posted to Afghanistan. Then as she turned to her beloved dog to see if he had recognised her son her face crumpled and she broke down. I was long gone and the sofa was awash.
It helps that she manages to surround herself with as fine a bunch of comedy actors you would find this side of the Atlantic; Sue Johnston, Dan French, Maggie Steed, Suzy Aitcheson and more. A welcome newcomer who seems to be starting a romantic thing with the nice, normal widow Sue Johnston is playing is Clive Russell. who takes the part of Jock – a craggy, very tall Scottish builder. Now I know Jimmy is meant to be in Alcudia but you can’t help wondering.
Jennifer and Dawn are at this moment in
PS Yesterday’s gloom was instantly dissipated when I had a chance encounter with MTL at the top of the stairs. He smiled, reached out and said:
‘I’m lucky to have you.’
Everybody knows who’s the lucky one.