Let Them Eat Cake - Complete Series 1999

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France, 1782, during the reign of Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie Antoinette. We find the Comtesse De Vache and her trusty maid, Lisette, up to no good amid the decadent splendour of the Palace of Versailles. The corrupt court is awash with sexual scandal and intrigue, most of it stirred up by the Comtesse in her schemes to get the better of her deadly rival, the man-eating Madame De Plonge. Episodes Included: 'The Pox', 'Murder', 'The Portrait', 'Making Voopee', 'A Marriage Of Convenience' and 'The Royal Command Performance'.

Starring:
Alison Steadman, Jennifer Saunders
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Starring Alison Steadman, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French
Director Christine Gernon
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 5 March 2006
Main languages English

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By pmov on 11 Mar 2007
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Cruelly under-rated, this is easily as good as anything produce by French & Saunders, either collectively or individually. Set in the Palace of Versailles in 1782, the basic premise is similar to that of Blackadder 3. But instead of Rowan Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder braving the idiocy of Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, here we have Dawn French as the bored but wily servant who has to suffer fat, rich and stupid member of the French aristocracy Colombine, Comtesse de Vache (Jennifer Saunders).

In supporting roles are Adrian Scarborough as Bouffant, Colombine's dress-maker, Alison Steadman as Colombine's nemesis Madame de Plonge as well as Lucy Punch playing Eveline, her sexed-up but (supposedly) virginal daughter. Appearing in individual episodes are Richard E. Grant as the Marquis de Sade, Julian Rhind-Tutt as Madame de Plonge's camp acid-tongued advisor, Cathy Burke as Colombine's poor and duplicitous sister and Maggie Steed stealing every scene she's in as Madame Vigee-Lebrun, artist to the aristocracy.

With everyone involved playing to the gallery, the humour comes fast and funny helped along by an abundance of silly costumes, wigs and situations. The performers are encouraged to adopt several ridiculous (and historically inappropriate) accents ranging from Dawn French's distinct west country twang and Adrian Scarborough's broad Yorkshire to a quite ridiculously over-the-top Bavarian accent afforded to Marie Antoinette (Elizabeth Berrington).
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Judd on 25 May 2009
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This is French and Saunders at their best - lots of in-jokes and the oneliners come thick and fast and they harpoon the French revalution.

The costume's are amazingly detailed, although the sets are abit 'charity shop'-chic but the characterisation is fabulous, especially Dawn French (as servant 'lizette') with her wonderfully broad West Country accent, which is so out of keep with the setting and yet fits so splendidly.

Each episode is self-contained, although certain jokes are kept running throughout (such as the Comtesse DeVache - JS - inability to open to doors).

I loved this - thank goodness they finally brought it back on DVD - and would highly recommend to any F&S fan!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Atkins on 13 April 2009
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Why, oh why wasn't this a success? Well written, well acted, a great cast, even the theme tune is brilliant! This series easily matches any comedy on tv at present and probably betters them. When i got the dvd i couldn't believe it had been almost TEN years since this was first shown on the BBC. French & Saunders at their brilliant best!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Monique on 1 April 2011
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Remembered the series from TV and wasn't disappointed. My God Dawn French is so funny as Lisette and although the Countess is a "stupide" as they get, Jennifer Saunders is simply brilliant. Was thinking for days but after some time I remembered that Madame was Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. The character is very different but has some of the same hysterical features.

Only thing I personaly would have appreciated would have been subtitles in other languages. It is very difficult for lovers of this kind of comedy to find these kinds of dvds in their own language.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JossberryJam on 8 Mar 2013
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I laughed my tits off through all six episodes. It is obvious that yer man who wrote this has extensive knowledge of France of that era, but it is his mixture of well written gags and the perfectly cast performances that bring this to (head tipped back roaring) life.

At times, I would love to have the confidence of Dawn French's character (although with more though and fairness).

Even though this did not do so well when it was on TV, le sigh, it is still one of my favourite comedies of all time. X.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Fletcher on 16 Sep 2010
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I've watched this series of Let Them Eat Cake so often now, I can join in with the dialogue, and still it seems fresh and hugely funny. The three main characters are performed beautifully by Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Scarborough (as the effeminate Bouffant), but every character, down to the most minor ones like Julian Rhind-Tutt's wonderfully sarcastic and bored translator, or the delightfully potty pair of old ladies, are performed perfectly, making the whole thing a brilliant ensemble piece, with no-one fighting to take the limelight.

The visual gags are as funny as the dialogue, without it all descending into farce (well okay, SOMETIMES), and the jokes range from VERY adult humour to gags so childish you can't believe you laugh at them - but you do. I will admit, I steal from this series unashamedly, looking for social situations where I can drop in a Let Them Eat Cake joke into the conversation... and when I do, it always gets a chuckle.

Each of the six episodes has its own plot, so you don't need to have seen one to enjoy another, but they string together to portray a life in the Palace of Versailles which is witty, corny, clever and stupid in the best way, all six episodes leading to the very last line of the last episode, a joke which alone makes the series worth it.
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