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Happy Families


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A six-part comedy series written by BEN ELTON starring
Madelaine Beautiful , imbecilic
Madelaine Fuddle lives in an artistic community in France; ugly imbecilic Guy Fuddle attempts to persuade
Madelaine to return home to crotchety Granny Fuddle.
Meanwhile the village priest longs to return to the old religious virtues, like setting fire to people who do not agree with him.
Costume designer MECHAEL TAYLOR Film editor PETER MARSH Lighting cameraman WILLIAM DUDMAN
Designer MEL BIBBY
Produced and directed by PAUL JACKSON BBC Manchester


Written By: Ben Elton
Unknown: Madelaine Beautiful
Unknown: Madelaine Fuddle
Unknown: Guy Fuddle
Unknown: Granny Fuddle.
Designer: Mechael Taylor
Editor: Peter Marsh
Unknown: William Dudman
Designer: Mel Bibby
Directed By: Paul Jackson
the Fuddle Family: Jennifer Saunders
Guy: Adrian Edmondson
Cook: With Dawn French
Dr De Quincy: Stephen Fry
Flossie: Helen Lederer
Dalcroix: Jim Broadbent
Village matrons: Christine Edmonds
Village matrons: Pauline Jefferson
Grandpere: Stuart Fell
Village gendarme: Stephen Frost
Village men: Gareth Hale
Village men: Norman Pace
Paulette: Judy Hawkins
Sister Ophelia: Ceri Jackson
Liverpool ticket man: Norman Lovett
Paul: Peter MacQueen
Priest: Rik Mayall
Barman: Nigel Planer
Josephine: Lia Williams

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