Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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 8pm 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 Australia – one of the longest farewell tours on record. Long may they continue

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.


Queenie said...

Seems to me you're both lucky.

Cinnamon said...

A truly great actor/actress who can switch from the comic to the tragic in a moment. I have missed this series; I am gutted!

kenju said...

Oh, how sweet he is!!

Kim Ayres said...

No Telly. Haven't upgraded since it turned digital, so have missed this.

Glad the gloom has lifted :)

PI said...

Queenie: well I'm the luckiest:)

Cinnamon: the last one is on Sunday. Maybe you can catch that.
Good description:)

Judy: on the whole - yes:)

Scarlet-Blue said...

I'm also a very big J.Saunders fan.

Madame DeFarge said...

I've missed this being on holiday. Hope it's on iPlayer. Sounds like it would be excellent.

PI said...

Kim: I don't know if I could do that. But I've given up Big Brother and haven't watched a single episode or missed it one iota.

Scarlet: excellent taste!

Madame D: last episode on Sunday 8pm BBC 1. Don't miss it.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Such a sweet post, Pat dear pal....Your description of that scene in the show brought me to tears--Beautifully put, my dear...And your MTL saying what he did...More tears....So very very sweet, dear Pat. You are both very very lucky, and you both know it! Bless You Both!

PI said...

Naomi: I'm sure the 'Jam and Jerusalem' will make its way over to you and I know you would relish it.

sablonneuse said...

Yes, Jam and Jerusalem was suoerb, and I agree with you this last series was the best.
I think you and YTL are both very lucky to have each other.

PI said...

Sandy: I'm glad you liked it too. We do give thanks frequently.