Media / Talk of the Trade: Absolutely two-dimensional
Wednesday 06 October 1993
Gasps of horror were heard from BBC bigwigs at the Cambridge Television Convention last month when the Observer columnist Melanie Phillips described the central character, Edina, as a bad role model mother because she rolled around drunk in the gutter. Will Wyatt, managing director of BBC Television, took her on one side to explain the joke: the sensible daughter had adopted the mother's role.
That's not my grouse: I've just found the hopeless incompetence of Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) too far-fetched to be truly funny the second time around.
Their stab at a holiday in France last week, which consisted of Edina rushing around frenetically and then visiting a vineyard to get drunk, required such a huge suspension of belief that I felt strained. And would two fashion industry types really not understand one word of French? With Lynne Franks (thought by some to be the inspiration for Edina) stepping down from her PR agency, perhaps an ephemeral era has already passed into history.
The series was a huge hit for BBC 2 last year, attracting record audiences. This is heresy . . . but will the new series, planned for mainstream BBC 1, be quite so in tune with the times?
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Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
#FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 2 Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
- 3 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
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