Dawn French blasts BBC over Jam and Jerusalem axe

Dawn French has blasted the BBC for its decision to axe the Jennifer Saunders penned comedy Jam and Jerusalem.


Dawn FrenchDawn French has blasted the BBC for its decision to axe the Jennifer Saunders comedy Jam and Jerusalem. The third series of the gentle comedy aired on BBC One earlier this year as three-hour long episodes but it was revealed afterwards that despite its popularity with fans the BBC had opted not to renew Jam and Jerusalem for a third series. Dawn French, who starred alongside the show’s creator Jennifer Saunders in the comedy, has now criticised the BBC for cancelling it.


“It was a bit of madness from the BBC because it was the most extraordinary group of mainly women. It was some of Jennifer’s best writing and I thought she had only just got off the runway with it. When Jennifer and I first started, if we had been judged in this harsh way we really would not have gone further. Our first series was tricky and we were finding our feet but Jim Moir, the controller at that point, had faith.” – Dawn French speaking to Nick Ferrari on Classic FM


Jam and Jerusalem starred Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Sue Johnston, Maggie Steed, David Mitchell, Sally Phillips, Pauline McLynn, Patrick Barlow, Suzy Aitchison and Rosie Cavaliero. In the first two seasons Joanna Lumley and Doreen Mantle were also part of the cast. In America the series airs under the title of Clatterford.