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Murder Most Horrid Review

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Dawn French goes all homicidal...

★★★★★

Dawn French’s first solo effort has been eclipsed by the wider success of her Vicar Of Dibley, and of comedy partner Jennifer Saunders’ Ab Fab. But this arguably sees French on her best form as a succession of murder victims/investigators/culprits in these six stand-alone stories. There’s a thick thread of silliness running throughout, but also some sly nods to genre conventions - like The Case Of The Missing, where people witness the murder in broad daylight and the police still can’t solve the case, or the sight of the small, round French in the traditional starlet role as a Brazilian maid. Watch out for the joke book titles in the credits sequence and portentous Shakespearean introductions.

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