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

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders smashed the head of a doll belonging to Dame Judi Dench in a comedy sketch of Repair Shop for Red Nose Day.

The duo reprized their roles as The Extras – two perpetually over-the-top film extras – from their BBC sketch show in a bid to get a free fix from host Jay Blades and his team of skilled craftsmen.

Early in the scene, the two can be seen struggling to hold back their laughter as they profess their love for the program and ask Blades to sort out a fix.

However, things start to go awry after they show off their special item, a toaster, which the furniture restorer and TV presenter refuses to fix.

The comedy duo become visibly upset when French’s character says, “It’s fine, it’s a family heirloom, who cares.” We were going to cry but it’s ok.

“I’m very disappointed. It’s not what I thought it was going to be.

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

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

As the repair shop crew repairs the doll, they remove the head to have it repaired, but French and Saunders intervene and say they will personally take the item to another member of the crew.

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


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


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

French then places the head in a bag and takes a hammer from it, smashing it into pieces.

As Dame Judi and her daughter return for the doll, the team comes up with a quick fix plan by dressing the Steven Fletcher repair shop figure as a doll and putting his head in a box.

When the actress opens the box, she becomes visibly emotional but seems to see no problem saying, “It’s just like I remember.”

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

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

Sir Lenny Henry, David Tennant, Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon hosted the main fundraising show Comic Relief, which was first broadcast from BBC studios in Salford.

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