Dawn French

Dawn French

Date of birth: 11-10-1957

French and Saunders go into The Repair Shop

New sketch for Comic Relief

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will be popping into The Repair Shop in a new Comic Relief sketch.

The duo will reprise their characters The Extras – the wannabe TV stars are desperate for their five minutes of fame – to blag a free fix from the team and meet Jay Blades.

French said: ‘I don't think we've ever said no to Comic Relief because it just is too important, and because it's from our community, and we were there right at the very beginning.

‘I know that the money is spent correctly and I know that there are projects that are ongoing that need us to be ongoing and I wouldn't ever want to let anyone down. So I think the more that we can do to boost and support, the better!"

Saunders added: ‘As I watched The Repair Shop, I thought all I could ever see was these characters going in, or me and Dawn, pretending to mend something or imitating the characters. I just thought, this is the show for us.’

Blades said: ‘I can’t believe the chaos that those two caused. We’re always surprised by what we see in the barn, but trust me, we’ve not seen anything like this before.’

Red Nose Day is on March 18, with the BBC telethon airing from 7pm.

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Published: 8 Mar 2022

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