French and Saunders destroy Judi Dench’s doll in Red Nose Day Sketch

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders smashed the head of a doll that belonged to Dame Judi Dench in a comedy skit for the Red Nose Day repair shop.

The duo reprized their roles as The Extras – two constantly exaggerating film extras – from their BBC sketch show for a free fix from presenter Jay Blades and his team of skilled craftsmen.

The scene begins with the couple struggling to hold back their laughter as they profess their love for the program and ask Blades to organize a fix.

But things go wrong when they present their special piece, a toaster that the furniture restorer and TV presenter refuses to fix.

The comedy duo are clearly upset when French’s character says, “That’s fine, it’s a family heirloom, who cares. We wanted to cry, but that’s okay.

“I’m very disappointed. It’s not what I imagined.”

Dame Judi and her daughter Finty Williams then enter the workshop and are also upset at the sight of Blades.

The veteran actress plays a character who struggles with her memory and wants her old childhood doll fixed to bring back memories of her youth.

While the repair shop team is fixing the doll, they remove the head to have it fixed, but French and Saunders intervene, saying they will personally take the item to another member of the team.

However, the duo begin to sabotage the operation by painting over the face and French trying to perform a trick she saw magician Paul Daniels do on the doll.


Dame Judi Dench starred alongside her daughter in the sketch (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

French then places the head in a bag and uses a hammer to smash it into pieces.

When Dame Judi and her daughter return to pick up the doll, the team devises a quick-fix plan by disguising the repair shop character Steven Fletcher as a doll and sticking his head in a box.

Opening the box, the actress becomes visibly emotional, but doesn’t seem to see a problem as she says, “It’s just as I remember it.”

When asked if she would like to take it home, Dame Judi says to keep it.

However, French says she will take the head home, but adds that they can keep the body “as spares”.

Sir Lenny Henry, David Tennant, Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon presented Comic Relief’s main fundraising show, which was broadcast for the first time from the BBC Salford studios. French and Saunders destroy Judi Dench’s doll in Red Nose Day Sketch

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