French and Saunders tip the velvet(een)


An AfterEllen reader (thanks, krock!) sent me this fabulous French and Saunders parody of Tipping the Velvet. It’s called “Tippin O’ the Velveteen” and was featured in their Christmas Puddings special in 2002. (The clip is at the end of this post.)

I don’t know what I love more — the parody itself, of “lascivious lesbiana,” or the fact that the U.K. is so awesome. I mean, clearly French and Saunders assumed that the average viewer had seen the BBC adaptation of Tipping the Velvet. And that was probably a fair assumption, because Brits are that awesomely broad-minded in their TV viewing.

Never mind, here’s what I really like best: Jennifer Saunders in a top hat and tails. Now that’s hot. (Even if she is looking a little Clockwork Orange-ish in this photo.)

Saunders did the perfect spoof of Keeley Hawes‘ Kitty Butler — right down to the arched eyebrow and pursed lips:

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