French and Saunders reunited to film in South Devon for new comedy show
ONE of the country's greatest comedy partnerships, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, are filming together in South Devon.
The BAFTA-winning duo, who have not performed together since a Comic Relief sketch in 2009, join Jennifer's husband Ade Emondson in a new series of The Comic Strip Presents, called Five Go To Rehab.
They have been filming scenes on Dartington Estate for the show which will go out on comedy channel Gold later this year.
It marks 30 years since the original Comic Strip Presents — Five Go Mad In Dorset.
It again spoofs the adventurous kids in Famous Five author Enid Blyton's 1940s and 1950s books — and looks at what they might be up to now.
Plymouth-born French and Saunders, who lives with Ade and their daughters near Chagford, were last seen on screen together in a Comic Relief sketch about Mamma Mia.
They embarked on a farewell live stage tour in 2008 which they took to Australia in 2009.
The new show also stars original Comic Strip writer and South Devon resident Peter Richardson.
A Gold spokesman said: "Three decades on, the West Country is still a magical land of rolling hills — but the Five have failed to live up to their priggish ideals as they confront today's world."
Commissioning editor Sarah Fraser said: "Five Go To Rehab is one family reunion where extreme havoc reigns."