French and Saunders – Pride and Prejudice (1996)

French and Saunders - Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks - actors dressed in period costume with the homeowners visible in the mirror

French and Saunders – Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks © BBC

Written and starring: Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Finchcocks

French and Saunders is a BBC sketch comedy series written by and starring comic duo Dawn French (The Wrong Mans, Let Them Eat Cake, The Vicar of Dibley) and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, Coraline, Shrek 2).

The show aired for seven series between 1987 and 2007 and became a fan favourite with its hilarious sketches including many film & TV spoofs with special guest stars and musical video parodies.

Series 5 episode 6, features the sketch “Behind the Scenes: A Classic in the Making” which is a satire about the filming of period TV dramas, in particular Pride and Prejudice and was filmed at Finchcocks in Kent.

A man on a horse riding towards a county house

French and Saunders – Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks © BBC

French and Saunders - Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks - actors dressed in period costume with the homeowners in shot

French and Saunders – Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks © BBC

French and Saunders - Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks - actors dressed in period costume wwalking through the garden with the homeowners in shot

French and Saunders – Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks © BBC

French and Saunders - Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks - actors dressed in period costume with the homeowners in shot

French and Saunders – Pride and Prejudice screenshot at Finchcocks © BBC

Finchcocks is an early Georgian Manor in the Tunbridge Wells district of Kent and boasts a beautiful garden with extensive views over hop gardens and farmland, as well as being the home to an impressive collection of early instruments. The area has previously featured in Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), Hunted (2012) and Countrywise Kitchen (2011).

The Kent episode of French and Saunders aired in 1996 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/frenchandsaunders/

For more information about Finchcocks: www.finchcocks.co.uk

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/