A British BlackComedy featuring Dawn French in many different roles. There were many episodes, each one with their own plots (Completely unconnected to each other) in which Dawn's character always featured prominently. OnceAnEpisode there was usually a murder, sometimes more, very rarely none, with most of the humour being related to the plot, but occasionally some humour is drawn from Dawn's portrayal of her character.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AlwaysMurder: Subverted. "Mangez Merveillac" certainly features a murder, but a post-credits scene shows that this was just a story spun in order to sell film rights.
* AssholeVictim
* BigEater: Dawn's character in "Mangez Merveillac".
* CelestialBureaucracy: Described in an episode starring Dawn as TheGrimReaper who is unhappy with her new, less-grim makeover which sees her riding a pale mini and carrying a garden strimmer.
* CatchPhrase
** "You know, Shakespeare really knew what he meant when he wrote that."
** Used in "Murder At Teatime" in the ShowWithinAShow "Write Away", constantly, as "right away". Write Away itself is a send-up of ''BluePeter''.
* TheChanteuse: Dawn plays one in "Smashing Bird", a lounge singer who is also a gangster's girlfriend. [[HollywoodToneDeaf She's not very good at the singing part.]]
* CouchGag: The second-to-last line of the theme song changes in every episode to a different lyric rhyming with "horrid."
* CutASliceTakeTheRest: Dawn does this with a quiche.
* TheDitz: Dawn likes these characters.
* {{Doppelganger}}: The entire point of the episode "Mrs. Hat and Mrs. Red".
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Overkill" is a pretty good name for an episode that ends with 14 dead bodies.
* FakeNationality: Dawn French plays a Brazilian maid in "The Girl from Ipanema".
* GreenEyedMonster: Dawn's character in "Murder At Teatime" is Bunty, a children's TV show host who gets jealous of her younger co-star Colin's growing popularity. She then writes in false letters from children for Colin to do ever more dangerous and/or humiliating things. Before the episode, Dawn actually quotes the line from ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''.
* ImAHumanitarian: In "Mangez Merveillac", Dawn's character Verity Hodge is killed and served in a stew to tourists. TheStinger shows that this isn't actually true.
** IAteWhat: One of the children finds some of her jewellery in their bowl.
* IncrediblyLongNote: Dawn's singer character in "Smashing Bird" does one at the end of her song.
* KickTheDog: Played for laughs, in "The Body Politic."
* KillEmAll: Everyone except for Dawn's character's mother in "Overkill". If she had appeared earlier than a few seconds before the end of the episode, she might have died, too.
* LadyInRed: Sonya Redfern, the Mrs. Red in "Mrs Hat and Mrs Red". ''All'' her outfits and shoes are red, and she has a much more attractive boyfriend whom she leaves her husband for.
* LyricalShoehorn: They ran out of words that rhyme in "horrid", so one of the lines of the theme song is "...la la la la la lorid".
* MoneyToBurn: Happens at the end of "Lady Luck", where Dawn uses a bank note to light a cigarette.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: "A Determined Woman". See YouCantFightFate Below.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Dawn tries to sabotage a costar in the episode "Murder At Teatime", but the terrible things she has him do unexpectedly make him immensely popular. Because of the ratings boost he gives the show, he receives an award for presenting children's TV, which usually Dawn's character wins.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: "We All Hate Granny", Granny appears to be TheDitz, constantly forgetting things, such as taking her pills [[spoiler: which were poisoned]] or constantly sleeping [[spoiler: and avoiding whatever ZanyScheme her relatives had thought up to off her]]. At the end [[spoiler: she takes her grandchildren away, while leaving the gas on at the home. Meaning when her daughter-in-law, who was a smoker, takes a cigarette out after "celebrating" another failed attempt at killing Granny, the entire house blows up.]] It is also implied A. [[spoiler: Granny killed every other one of her children, in similar circumstances]] and B. [[spoiler:Granny killed Grandad, who abused her.]]
* OnceAnEpisode: A murder occurs. [[spoiler: Occasionally averted.]]
* ProfessionalKiller: One barges in on Dawn's impending suicide in "Overkill".
* ShoutOut
** The opening titles show French turning around, like the bust of EdgarWallace in ''The Edgar Wallace Mysteries''.
** "Murder At Teatime" features the ShowWithinAShow "Write Away", which is a homage/parody of ''BluePeter''. It even has the garden vandalism scene.
* SpoiledBrat: the grandchildren in "We All Hate Granny" come across this way at first, until Granny wins them over.
* StopBeingStereotypical: Inverted in "Mangez Merveillac"; Dawn's character comes across the titular village of Merveillac, expecting it to be a typical rural French village. It isn't, but she writes her travel book describing it as one anyway. When it becomes a big hit and ''everyone'' wants to see Merveillac for themselves, she bribes the entire village to pun on an act of being country French folk.
* SympatheticMurderer: Some of the murders are done for rather good reasons, to really horrible people. These murderers usually get off Scot-free, or someone horrid takes the fall for them.
* TheKillerInMe: In "The Case of the Missing", a policewoman is sent to investigate a murder done by a secret society, but is given [[ImplausibleDeniability ever more ludicrous excuses]] by her suspects (all part of the society and having much influence) that [[InsaneTrollLogic she eventually comes to the conclusion that]] ''she'' was the murderer.
* TimeMachine: One shows up in "A Determined Woman".
** TimeTravel
* TitleDrop
** The episode "Mangez Merveillac" features Dawn as a writer who has come to a small French town to write a travelogue, and ends the book (which is also called "Mangez Merveillac") with those two words.
** "Murder At Teatime" has the fictional show "Write Away", and the title is used as a CatchPhrase by the presenter very often.
* TwistEnding: Several. "Lady Luck" arguably has the most brilliant.
* YouCantFightFate: In "A Determined Woman" French plays a scientist who kills her idiot husband in a moment of frustrated rage. After a short jail term she uses her time machine to go back and try to prevent her earlier actions, only to discover that her presence in the past was what caused her husband to apparently act more stupidly than usual.
* YourCheatingHeart: The Howlings in "The Girl From Ipanema". The husband has his way with their foreign maids, while the wife with the maids' boyfriends.
* ZanyScheme: How the murders occur. Also where a lot of the humour comes from.