Series / Let Them Eat Cake
Let Them Eat Cake
was a 1999 British comedy series set in 1782 in the Palace of Versailles, as a helpful title card points out every episode, during the reign of Louis XVI
and Marie Antoinette
. Lasting a grand total of one six-episode series
in 1999, it starred Jennifer Saunders as the amoral Colombine, Comtesse de Vache, with Dawn French and Adrian Scarborough as her maid Lisette and foppish manservant Bouffant, respectively.
Idle and rich, Colombine spends her days cataloging the debaucheries of her fellow palace-mates for blackmail purposes, as she has not herself had the chance to debauch as of late and is always looking for a chance to get in good with the royals. Lisette's job is to keep the Comtesse going all hours of the day, only stepping out to have her own debaucherous relations with various men, noble, soldier, and peasant. Meanwhile, Bouffant's hard work keeps her at the forefront of gaudy French fashion, whether it be a dress or a large battleship-adorned wig appropriate for viewing public royal copulation. Unfortunately, those outside the palace walls are already starting to revolt.
This show provides examples of:
- Beleaguered Assistant: Lisette and Bouffant.
- Black Comedy
- Black Comedy Rape: Apple. Banana. Thankfully, not a melon. But a cocky Lisette leaves a pineapple by her bed.
- Bloody Hilarious: Twice in the episode "Murder"
- The first time is when the Comtesse, Lisette, and Bouffant enter the Marquise de Fufu's apartment only to find her brutally murdered. The walls are literally smeared with blood, though the Comtesse's reaction is rather nonchalant.
- The second is when Bouffant's rival Coco Lebiche is executed. Blood sprays out on those aristocratic women.
- British Brevity
- Camp Gay: Bouffant.
- Costume Porn: Though occasionally bordering on absurd, the aristocrats do wear a lot of fabulous period outfits.
- Famous Last Words: Said by Colombine, though technically they were only the penultimate last words of the series. Lisette's "You shouldn't've said that" were the last.
- French Jerk Naturellement, it's a Black Comedy set in late-18th century Versailles.
- Fridge Logic: In-universe – Bouffant & Lisette, both wonder how Colombine could have opened so many doors to commit the deed in the episode Murder, refusing to consider that she is innocent of the crime.
- Grande Dame: The Comtesse and Madame de Plonge at least make attempts at it.
- Gratuitous French: Being a British series set in Versailles, gratuitous French abounds, in particular, where English and French share a word, the French pronunciation is used. However, when anything above the most basic French is used (pour example: cherchez les documents), the Comtesse won't understand it and will require a translation.
- Locked Room Mystery: Or a closed room mystery, at least, in the episode "Murder". Colombine must have done the deed, but it would require her to do an impossible task: open (many, many) doors.
- Marie Antoinette: Funny Foreigner vith a very thick accent and a tendency to not know French (English) vords.
- Mistaken for Pregnant: It was just bad gas from the Voopee.
- Really Gets Around: Everyone, more or less, though Lisette deserves a special mention for sleeping with an entire army barracks in one night.
- The Rival: Madame de Plonge, with whom Colombine is in a one-upsmanship contest in. The two frequently attempt to ruin one another's reputations, until Colombine successfully get her exiled from the palace.
- Those Two Guys: 1st and 2nd Aristocratic Woman.
- Wacky Cravings: Soap pudding.