Roger and Val are in again

Dawn French as Val Stevenson

Dawn French’s sitcom Roger and Val Have Just Got In is back for a new run. Once again we join the couple for the half-hour after they return home, she from her teaching job, he from his work as a botanist.

Since the last series Roger (Alfred Molina) is facing a sexual harassment charge at work and Val is aspiring to make Deputy Head at her school. But a bizarre revelation is set to change everything in their safe, domestic world.

Roger and Val Have Just Got In Wednesday 8 February 2012, 10pm-10.30pm

Back on Radio 2

The Silence of the Lambs

French and Saunders are back on Radio 2 for more shows over Christmas. Expect a mix of chat, jokes, music and guests, F&S-style. Here’s the show roster:

  • Christmas Day 2-4pm — with Hilary Devey and Clare Balding and includes the Queen’s Christmas message
  • New Year’s Day 1-3pm — with Sharon Gless and Kirsty Wark
  • 2 January 2-4pm — with Michael Palin and Tracey Emin

If you can’t catch the shows live, listen again on BBC iPlayer (see all).

Absolutely Fabulous 20th anniversary specials

Absolutely Everything

This Christmas and New Year sees the return of Absolutely Fabulous, with two new episodes. Jennifer Saunders (Edina Monsoon) filmed with the rest of the original cast in August to mark the show’s 20th anniversary.

Absolutely Fabulous

Julia Sawlha (Saffy Monsoon), Joanna Lumley (Patsy), June Whitfield (Mother) and Jane Horrocks (Bubble) all return to the show, which is centered on the world of PR.

The audacious antics of Edina and Patsy epitomised Nineties excess and continued on and off till 2004. This Christmas’s two episodes will be shown on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with a third show for 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.

Absolutely Fabulous

Episode one, entitled ‘Identity’, sees a homecoming in the Monsoon household with a not-necessarily-welcome best friend in tow.

Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous Christmas Day 10.00pm and New Year’s Day 9.40pm, BBC One

Bank Holiday radio special

The Phantom Millennium

French and Saunders are back for another Bank Holiday special on BBC Radio 2. This time they are joined by actress of Acorn Antiques and Calendar Girls fame Celia Imrie, plus comedy double act Anna Crilly (Lead Balloon) and Katy Wix (Not Going Out).

Set the dial for BBC Radio 2, Monday 30th May 2011, 12pm

UPDATE! They’re back for an additional show this August Bank Holiday:

  • Monday, 29 August 2011, 12pm — with guests Prof Brian Cox and Matt Lucas. (see all)

They’ll be back on Radio 2 at Christmas.

Psychoville — part two


The confounding collection of characters is back in Psychoville. The survivors of the explosion at Ravenhill Psychiatric Hospital reunite to bury one of their number, but they remain under surveillance by the mysterious Grace Andrews.

Dawn French returns as the nurse with a special baby, Joy Aston.

Midwife Joy in Psychoville

Psychoville 2 starts Thursday 5 May 2011, 10pm, BBC Two (see all)

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