Dawn French teases new sitcom

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Dawn French has teased that a new sitcom is on the horizon.

Appearing on LBC's Tonight with Andrew Marr, French revealed that she has plans for a new sitcom which she hopes will hit screens late next year or early in 2025.

"There are plans afoot," she revealed. "I can't tell you too much about it at the moment. But at the end of next year or beginning of the following year, there will be a sitcom and I will be in it."

Opening up about the state of comedy today, French told host Andrew Marr about how difficult it was for her regular comedy partner Jennifer Saunders to get Absolutely Fabulous made.

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"I remember Jennifer telling me how difficult it was to get Absolutely Fabulous off the ground, because her characters were smoking, drinking, and falling over and being complete eejits," she said.

"But you know, it all seems so mild now… Let's be inappropriate, let's wear purple, let's just push the edges a little bit and laugh at ourselves when we get it a bit wrong," she added.

When quizzed by the host if comedy is "too vanilla" nowadays, French said: "No, because there's everything. There's everything for everyone. I would fight tooth and nail for people to be as offensive as they want to be.

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"Hatred? No. I think we do know when something sneaks into completely unacceptable incitement to hatred. I think we all know when that's the case.

"And of course, it's just not funny. That's the facts. It is just not funny to anyone except for the one person who thinks it is, who usually has lost their marbles."

Meanwhile, the comedian recently opened up about a knee injury she sustained while recreating the iconic Vicar of Dibley puddle scene, saying it left her with chronic pain.

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