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Girls on Top 

Four women who are nothing alike end up living together in a flat in England.
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1986   1985  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Dawn French ...  Amanda 13 episodes, 1985-1986
Jennifer Saunders ...  Jennifer 13 episodes, 1985-1986
Ruby Wax ...  Shelley 13 episodes, 1985-1986
Joan Greenwood ...  Lady Carlton 13 episodes, 1985-1986
Tracey Ullman ...  Candice 8 episodes, 1985-1986
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Storyline

Amanda Ripley, a feminist writer for the women's magazine "Spare Cheeks" lucks into an apartment in Kensington. In order to pay the rent to Lady Carlton, the crazy romance novelist (with a stuffed pet dog named Josephine), who lives downstairs and owns the flat, she has to take in Shelley DuPont, a loud-mouthed American actress; Jennifer Marsh, a retarded friend from childhood; and Candice (pronounced Candeece) Valentine, the "slut" who previously lived there and has no where else to go. Written by Television Junkie

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In Wogan: Episode #3.9 (1984), Dawn French revealed that there were two possible titles for the series, and that they hadn't made a final decision. As well as the title the series eventually went by, French mentioned that "Four Play" was a possible alternative. See more »

Quotes

Shelley: Do you know how hard it is trying to break into show business?
Candice: Oh, Shell...
Shelley: Lana Turner didn't make it until after she died!
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Connections

Featured in Comedy Classics of the 80's (1991) See more »

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Girls on Top
Written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze
Performed by Tracey Ullman, Ruby Wax, Dawn French, and Jennifer Saunders (1st series),
Glenn Tilbrook (2nd series)
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Very disappointing
4 July 2004 | by Vigilante407See all my reviews

I can only say that I was very disappointed with Girls on Top. I recently watched the first DVD with the first three episodes and found it to be more annoying than watchable.

I expected a lot more, considering what a big French and Saunders fan I am, but even knowing that this series was created before their more-celebrated partnership began doesn't make this show any funnier. Dawn French has the only semi-likable character on the show ... with Tracy Ullman and Ruby Wax being completely over the top in their portrayals (Wax is an American, and I shudder to think what the British must really think of us).

Sure, I laughed a couple of times, but most of the time I just strived to try and understand what was being said. It was interesting to see Alan Rickman (one of my favorite actors) in a bit part in the first episode as well, but there really wasn't much to redeem this britcom.

If you like these actresses, check out their later work ... avoid wasting your time with Girls on Top.


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UK

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English

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23 October 1985 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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