Jam and Jerusalem: a review
French and Saunders, two of the most venerated names in British comedy, have written and produced a new comedy based on the lives of a group of WI women in a Devon village where Not Very Much Happens. It takes a dream cast (Saunders, French, Joanna Lumley, Doreen Mantle and Maggie Steed) and in effect flushes them down the loo, with no attempt being made to clean the bowl afterwards.
Lumley wisely wears so much prosthetic makeup that she can’t be recognised, and also wisely, given the inability of the ‘director’ to direct comedy with any comedic rhythm, hardly speaks. This is the mark of a true pro, pushed into a no-hope project by personal loyalty.
Saunders also looks like she’s trying to keep a low-ish profile. Unlike French, who mugs and gurns for the camera in a manner likely to wilt whatever laurels she may have left to rest on.
A gem from the BBC website attempting to big this crud up:
“It was during the [filming of the] church scene – for the GP’s funeral – that some members [of the cast] had to stifle the giggles.”
Well I’m glad someone had a laugh.