FRENCH and Saunders have signed a five-year BBC contract, the BBC 1 controller Alan Yentob said at the Montreux television festival in Switzerland yesterday.
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will make programmes for the corporation as a team and individually. An episode of French and Saunders has been entered for the Golden Rose of Montreux award and Saunders' hit comedy Absolutely Fabulous is being moved to a prime BBC 1 slot from BBC 2 for its new series.
Mr Yentob also disclosed that negotiations were under way to increase episodes of EastEnders from twice to three times a week.
He was confident of securing Noel Edmonds' House Party for the BBC. Danny Baker would get his own talk show on BBC 1 and discussions were under way with Terry Wogan. Mr Yentob said Wogan would continue to be a 'major BBC 1 performer' but would not say if his chat show would continue.Reuse content