French and Saunders is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring comic duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. It is the name by which the performers are known on the occasions when they appear elsewhere as a double act. Popular in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, the show was given one of the highest budgets in BBC history to create detailed spoofs and satires of popular culture, movies and art; the duo continue to film holiday specials for the BBC, both have been successful starring in their own shows. Saunders won a BAFTA, an Emmy Award and international acclaim for writing and playing the lead role of Edina Monsoon in Absolutely Fabulous, which led to cameo roles in the American sitcoms Roseanne and Friends, she won an American People's Choice Award for voicing the wicked Fairy Godmother in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek 2, but more she has written and starred in another two BBC sitcoms and Jerusalem and The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. Her other work includes being the face of BBC America.
Meanwhile, French starred in the successful sitcom The Vicar of Dibley which received great critical acclaim as well as numerous holiday specials and future airplay, achieving cult status. She starred in three series of the comedy show Murder Most Horrid, she had a voice over role as Mrs. Beaver in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but more she has starred in Jam and Jerusalem, written by Saunders, Lark Rise to Candleford. For many years she became popular for her appearances in the Terry's Chocolate Orange adverts saying the famous line "It's not Terry's, it's mine!" and is the voice of W H Smith and Tesco adverts. She released her autobiography Dear Fatty, referring to Saunders, to whom she gave the nickname "Fatty". In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, the duo were voted among the top 50 comedy acts by fellow comedians and comedy insiders, their last special, 2005's French and Saunders Christmas Celebrity Special, aired on 27 December 2005 on BBC One.
In 2006, both Saunders and French announced that their sketch show was now dead, that they had moved on to more age appropriate material. Their last concert, last performing as a duo act, Still Alive tour ran until the end of 2008, resumed in Australia in the summer of 2009. In 2009, they were jointly awarded the BAFTA Fellowship. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders met in 1978 while they were undergraduate students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and began their career to collaborate on several comedy projects, they came to prominence in the early 1980s for performing at the London alternative comedy club The Comic Strip, which gave its name to its eponymous television series and the informal grouping of so-called alternative comedians. French and Saunders were featured on the live comedy album of The Comic Strip recorded by comedy entrepreneur Martin Lewis for his Springtime! Label and was released in 1981; the duo made their first mainstream television appearance in the sketch comedy show The Comic Strip Presents... where they appeared in 30 episodes each as well as writing material for the show.
French and Saunders began to establish themselves in what was referred to as the "underground comedy" scene, along with many other prolific actors and comedians whom they would go on to work with for the next twenty-plus years. In 1983, they starred in an edition of Channel 4's series The Entertainers, went on to appear as comedy relief on the weekly music programme The Tube on the same channel, for which French received her honour of being the first person to use the word "blowjob" on British television. In 1985, French and Saunders collaborated on their programme Girls on Top, which they once again wrote and starred in. Co-stars Tracey Ullman and Ruby Wax rounded out a set of four oddball roommates, the show ran for two years. In 1986, French and Saunders made their first of many appearances on Comic Relief, they signed a long-term contract with the BBC. In 1987, French and Saunders created their eponymous sketch show, which has carried over six series up until 2007, their show began humbly, but established its own niche as a spoof on other types of shows.
In the first series, it was intentionally set up to look like a low-budget variety show in which the duo were attempting grandiose stunts and failing miserably. A "famous" guest star would be brought on treated badly. Featured during this series was a set of geriatric dancers and a bongos/keyboard music duo called Raw Sex long-time collaborators Simon Brint and Rowland Rivron and the vocal talents of Kirsty MacColl; as their show progressed and ratings skyrocketed following a move from BBC Two to BBC One from 1994 onwards and Saunders received higher and higher budgets with which to create elaborate parodies of mainstream culture. These ranged anywhere from recreations of films to spoofs on popular music artists. Certain spoken phrases and sight gags that referenced performed sketches were incorporated for loyal fans. In particular there is a running gag suggesting that French and Saunders are unable to affect accents. Saunders goads French to try the accent by saying: "How are you?", French responds with an interpretation sounding more like a strong Northern Irish accent.
Bienenbüttel is a free municipality in the district of Uelzen, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Ilmenau 20 kilometres north of Uelzen, 13 kilometres southeast of Lüneburg. Bienenbüttel is a part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and of the Lüneburg Heath. Bienenbüttel is the seat of the Einheitsgemeinde Bienenbüttel. Incorporated into the municipality are the villages of Bargdorf, Beverbeck with Grünewald, Edendorf, Eitzen I with Bardenhagen, Grünhagen, Hohnstorf, Rieste with Neu-Rieste, Steddorf with Neu-Steddorf, Varendorf and Wulfstorf. Bienenbüttel is located on the Elbe Lateral Canal, a 115-kilometre long waterway, has a station on the highspeed Hanover–Hamburg railway
Ettlingen is a town in Baden-Württemberg, about 8 kilometres south of the city of Karlsruhe and 15 kilometres from the border with Lauterbourg, in France's Bas-Rhin department. Ettlingen is the second largest town in the district of Karlsruhe, after Bruchsal. Ettlingen is situated at the northern edge of the Black Forest on the Upper Rhine Plain; the Alb River arises in the hills of the Black Forest and flows through Ettlingen before emptying into the Rhine at Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, making Ettlingen a central feature of the Albtal, the Alb Valley. Central Ettlingen and its largest constituent communities lie on the plain itself, but some of the villages are nestled among the northernmost foothills of the Black Forest; the municipality of Ettlingen is bordered by the following communities, clockwise from the north: Karlsruhe, Karlsbad, Marxzell and Rheinstetten, all of which belong to the district of Karlsruhe, except for the independent city of Karlsruhe itself. Since the major communal reforms enacted by Baden-Württemberg in the early 1970s, the municipality of Ettlingen has consisted of the town of Ettlingen itself and the communities of Bruchhausen, Oberweier, Schöllbronn, Spessart.
Ettlingen was an important crossroads during Roman times, when the region was part of the province of Germania Superior. This is demonstrated by the many artifacts found in the area, including the "Neptune Stone," which commemorates a flood of the Rhine, the remains of a Roman bath excavated beneath St. Martin's Church; the town was first mentioned in 788 as "Ediningom" in a deed of donation belonging to Weissenburg Abbey in Alsace. In 965, the village of Ettlingen received market rights from Emperor Otto the Great. In 1192, Emperor Henry VI, one of Frederick Barbarossa's sons. Margrave Herman V of Baden-Baden became Ettlingen's feudal lord in 1219. In the following centuries, Ettlingen developed into an important administrative centre within the Margraviate of Baden-Baden. Ettlingen gave its name to a line of defensive earthworks known as the Ettlingen Line built to deter French aggression. During the Nine Years' War the town was nearly burned to the ground by the troops of Louis XIV, but was rebuilt in the following decades under Margravine Sibylle Auguste.
After the Catholic line of Baden-Baden died out in 1771, Ettlingen passed to the Protestant Margraviate of Baden-Durlach, which would become the reunited Margraviate of Baden. During the French Revolutionary Wars, Ettlingen was the site of a battle between elements of the French Army of the Rhine and Moselle and the Habsburg Army of the Upper Rhine on 9 July 1796. In the period of Napoleon's activities in Germany, Margrave Karl Friedrich of Baden was made Elector in 1806 and Grand Duke in 1806. Ettlingen remained an independent town until 1937, when it was incorporated into the administrative unit that would become the district of Karlsruhe in 1939. Ettlingen and its surrounding villages and land continue to be part of this district. In 1966, Ettlingen passed the 20,000 population mark and raised to the status of Große Kreisstadt by the state government of Baden-Württemberg. During the communal reforms of the early 1970s, several smaller communities were incorporated into Ettlingen, raising the population to over 30,000.
Ettlingen's renowned open-air theater series, the Schlossfestspiele first took the stage in the Baroque inner courtyard of Ettlingen Palace in 1979. Ettlingen was a part of the ancient Diocese of Speyer and was under the pastoral care of the Archdeacon of St. German and Moritz in Speyer; the town belonged to the deanery of Durlach but was itself made archdeaconate in the 16th century. The Protestant Reformation made gains in Ettlingen as early as 1520, but the town remained Catholic, the town's Catholic majority was supported by the Catholic line of Baden-Baden. By the beginning of the 19th century, Protestants were a small minority. During the period of secularization following the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, Ettlingen was part of the ordinariate of Bruchsal. In 1821, it became part of the newly founded Archdiocese of Freiburg, the town was made the seat of a deanery, which included not only the parishes within Ettlingen proper, but those in surrounding villages and neighboring municipalities.
Today, Ettlingen belongs to the deanery of Karlsruhe, with the various parishes organized into pastoral units. These include Ettlingen Stadt, with the parishes Herz Jesu, St. Martin's, the town's oldest church. Jewish families lived in Ettlingen since at least the 17th century, they lived in Färbergasse, known as "Judengasse". Ettlingen's first synagogue was built on Albstraße in 1849, only to be torn down again when a new synagogue was built on Pforzheimerstraße and dedicated in 1889; the "New Synagogue" was itself destroyed during the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom of November 1938. Most of the remaining Jewish citizens of Ettlingen were deported soon thereafter as part of the Nazi "Final Solution." Protestants, most of whom had moved to Ettlingen since the early
James the Cat is a British children's series created by Kate Canning and produced by Jan Clayton with Grampian Television. It chronicles the many events which take place at the Cornerhouse between his new friends. Fellow characters include: Mrs. Lavender, a snail. There is a beehive in the garden at the Cornerhouse. Next door are Ma and Pa Rat, their rat children; the program changes quite a bit between the two series. In the first, James is a newcomer to the garden at the Cornerhouse, must learn to live with the other animals there. In the first episode of the second series, James becomes a diplomat. In subsequent episodes, he and the others receive important visitors; this show is notable as the first show to air on the U. K. version of Nickelodeon, at 7:01am on 1 September 1993. It premiered on Universal Kids in the United States; the show was revived in 1998 for Channel Five's Milkshake! James The Cat will be released in two volumes of Season 1 and in a playpack with Flight Squad are available for the iTunes store in the United States There were two VHS tapes released by Tempo Video.
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Cop is a 1988 American neo-noir crime suspense film written and directed by James B. Harris, starring James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren and Charles Durning, it is based on the book Blood by James Ellroy. Harris and Woods co-produced the film. LAPD detective Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins discovers the brutal murder of a young woman, her body hangs over her bed, her blood is splattered all over her apartment. Hopkins notices a great deal of feminist literature with titles like Rage in the Womb on her bookshelf, he sees two classified ads for anonymous sexual encounters. When he returns home, his 8-year-old daughter begs him for a story, he launches into a profane description of one of his cases, much to the girl's delight. His wife orders him to stop, they have an argument over the inappropriateness of his stories. Frustrated, he calls up his buddy Dutch Pelz, they go on a stakeout, which culminates with Hopkins shooting the suspect. Hopkins asks Dutch to stay at the scene and file the paperwork so that he can take the suspect's voluptuous girlfriend home and have sex with her.
Hopkins tracks down Joanie Pratt through the classified ads at the victim's apartment. Pratt is a washed-out actress who sells works as an escort to get by, she hosts swinger parties, the victim was planning on attending one of the parties to research a book. Back at the station, Hopkins opens a letter, sent to the victim, it is a poem written in blood, which refers to "all the rest", making Hopkins think he is hunting a serial killer. He asks Dutch to get him all the files for unsolved murders of single women in the past 15 years; when he returns home, he finds a note from his wife explaining that she has taken their daughter and left. Pratt phones Hopkins, he goes over to her place to have sex. After narrowing down the unsolved murders to a few cases, Hopkins summons Deputy Sheriff Delbert "Whitey" Haines to a meeting and brusquely interrogates him about two suicides that took place on June 10 a year apart on his beat. Hopkins discovers a wiretap which has captured Haines dealing drugs. In the process of canvassing feminist bookstores for leads, Hopkins visits one run by Kathleen McCarthy who agrees to accompany him to a party at Dutch's house.
Over the course of the evening, culminating in a long conversation back at McCarthy's house, she reveals a high school trauma where she was gang raped by a group of boys who were hostile towards her feminist poetry club. She reveals to Hopkins that an anonymous suitor has sent a poem every year. Looking through her old yearbook, Hopkins is stunned to find a picture of Whitey and a male prostitute nicknamed Birdman whose name was mentioned on the surveillance tapes made at Whitey's apartment; when Birdman turns up dead in a motel room, the wall is smeared with blood, the motto from McCarthy's high school is written in the stains. Hopkins returns to Whitey's apartment and surprises him as he comes home, carrying Birdman's police file. Whitey claims Birdman is his snitch, but Hopkins knows that Whitey was running drugs and male prostitutes through Birdman, he puts a gun to Whitey's head and gets him to confess to raping McCarthy with Birdman in high school. Whitey offers information on police corruption to get off the hook.
He tries to surprise Hopkins with a shotgun, but Hopkins kills him. Dutch tells Hopkins to lay low. Pratt invites Hopkins over for sex, but when he gets there, she has been murdered and placed on the stove in the position that she last had sex with Hopkins. At the station and Dutch get McCarthy to go through the yearbook against a cross-reference of suspects, they are interrupted by their superior. When Hopkins returns to the interrogation room, he sees that McCarthy has run to a phone booth across the street, she calls Bobby Franco, in the poetry club with her, warning him that Hopkins is dangerous and will suspect that he is the killer. She realized Franco has sent her the poems every year, she refuses to believe that he could be a murderer; when Hopkins grabs the phone, she hears Franco threaten him and realizes that he is in fact the killer. Franco and Hopkins agree to meet at the high school; when Franco runs out of bullets, he taunts Hopkins. Hopkins tells Franco: "there's some bad news; the good news is you're right, I'm a cop and I gotta take you in.
The bad news is I've been suspended and I don't give a fuck.", shoots Franco three times. James Woods as Det.-Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins Lesley Ann Warren as Kathleen McCarthy Charles Durning as Dutch Charles Haid as Haines Raymond J. Barry as Captain Fred Gaffney Randi Brooks as Joanie Pratt Steven Lambert as Bobby Franco Christopher Wynne as Jack Gibbs Jan McGill as Jen Hopkins Vicki Wauchope as Penny Hopkins Melinda Lynch as Sarah Smith John Petievich as the Deputy Dennis Stewart as Lawrence'Birdman' Henderson Annie McEnroe as Amy Cranfield The film opened to mixed to poor receipts and reviews. Linda Rasmussen of Allmovie gave the film three out of five stars and described the film as a "grim, brutally violent, darkly humorous modern-day film noir," whilst noting the film's "violent and exciting conclusion". Rasmussen noted "Cop is absorbing because of Woods' chillingly effective performance. Few actors can make an amoral, clever and vicious character as appealing as Hopkins; as Hopkins, Woods combines complex contradictions with ease, showing the various sides of his character's personality.
Cop, while singularly unpleasant is always insightful and fascinating."Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, w
Mookilla Rajyathu is a 1991 Malayalam-language slapstick comedy film directed by duo Ashokan-Thaha. The film featuring Mukesh, Jagathy Sreekumar, Siddique in the lead roles; the film was written by B. Jayachandran and the veteran composer Ouseppachan scored the music for the film; the plot revolves around four patients who escape from a mental asylum, their antics and the mischief they get up to while trying to start life in a "normal" society, which, as the title appears to insinuate fares worse in terms of sanity. The characters are loosely derived from the 1989 comedy film The Dream Team. A key sub-plot in the movie is similar to the Sherlock Holmes story The Red-Headed League; the film starts by displaying an antic of Keshavan, an inmate of the Kakkanad Mental Hospital. Two other inmates are Krishnankutty, along with the female inmate played by Philomena; the late Hakeem Rawther too plays as an inmate in a cameo role. By profession Benny is an artist, Krishnankutty is an auto-mechanic and Keshavan had retired from military service.
The trio chance to come across a newspaper report that the Hindi film star Amitabh Bachchan is visiting Ernakulam City for film shooting, near the place they stay. They are soon joined by brother of Balan who takes him to the mental hospital. Venu suffers from a compulsive obsession to singing. All the four share a passion for Amitabh Bachchan. Driven by a desire to see Amitabh Bachchan the four fans manage to escape from the mental hospital that night by outsmarting the cell warden Ameen, they reach Ernakulam city in a bus, but are disappointed to learn that Amitabh Bachchan had gone back after the film shooting which took place a month ago, they had in fact seen an old newspaper report. They decide not to return to the mental hospital but start living in the city by finding suitable employments; the film portrays their many eccentric pranks after their arrival in the city. The ostracization and stigmatization faced by mental patients in the society too is brought to fore in a couple of emotional scenes.
The protagonist Benny meets his former college mate and lover Leena too there imparting glamour to the plot. Paravoor Bharathan plays the role of Leena's father, unwilling to give his daughter in marriage to Benny, unsuccessfully hires a goon Bheem Singh to get rid of him; the story enters a new phase with the arrival of two shady characters Vasu and Abdullah under the pseudo names Sundaran Pillai and Gireesh Puri, in the disguise of a TV serial producer and director respectively. Their intention is to rob a bank near to the home rented by the four, by making a tunnel under their home. For that they hire the four for their TV serial and send them to learn various skills like martial arts, rock climbing, tree climbing, break dance etc. to keep them away from the house during the day time while the excavation is going on under the supervision of another gang member Bruno. But the Police officer played by Jagadish is tracking their activities. In the end their vicious scheme is busted up by the police officer, assisted by our four heroes who wake up to the reality at last, the bank robbers end up in police custody leading to a merry ending.
Mukesh - Benny Thilakan - Keshavan / Keshu Jagathy - Krishnankutty Siddique- Venu Vinaya Prasad - Leena Paravoor Bharathan - Father of Leena N. L. Balakrishnan - Balan Krishnan Kutty Nair - Bheem Singh Pappu - Vasu / Sundaran Pillai Rajan P. Dev - Abdullah Kunchan - Bruno Philomina - Insane Lady Oduvil Unnikrishnan - Dr. V. N. Sharma Mala Aravindan - Ameen Suchitra Murali - House Owner / Dance Teacher Jagadish - Police Inspector Hakim Rawther - Inmate at mental hospital The soundtrack of Mookkilla Rajyathu was composed by Ouseppachan, it features three tracks, which were sung by Chithra. The lyrics of the songs were written by Poovachal Khader; the song "Kashithumbakkavay" was well appreciated by critics. Mookkilyarajyathu on IMDb