Eleanor Tomlinson to star in French and Saunders Christmas Poldark parody

Plus, Jack Farthing will redeem his role as George Warleggan for the sketch

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/12/2017 - Programme Name: 300 Years of French & Saunders - TX: n/a - Episode: 300 Years of French & Saunders (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: **EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01 ON SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2017** Dawn French, Demelza ((ELEANOR TOMLINSON), George Warleggan (JACK FARTHING), Jennifer Saunders - (C) BBC - Photographer: Gary Moyes

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Poldark will return to screens this Christmas Day – but not as you know it. Eleanor Tomlinson will star as Demelza in Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders BBC1 special 300 Years of French and Saunders.

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Tomlinson will appear alongside Jack Farthing as George Warleggan in the comedy sketch, which will feature French and Saunders in period dress. Exactly how the two Poldark stars will fit into the parody we’re not yet sure – but don’t expect any windswept brooding on the Cornish coast to be taken too seriously.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/12/2017 - Programme Name: 300 Years of French & Saunders - TX: n/a - Episode: 300 Years of French & Saunders (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: **EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01 ON SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2017** Dawn French, George Warleggan (JACK FARTHING), Jennifer Saunders, Demelza ((ELEANOR TOMLINSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Gary Moyes (BBC, TL)

300 Years of French and Saunders will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders’ award-winning BBC sketch show. The one-off special will feature the duo’s greatest skits, never-before-seen footage and new sketches.

Alongside the Poldark parody, you can expect an appearance from Saunders’ Ab Fab co-star Joanna Lumley. And the special will also feature what looks like a Gogglebox spoof, with French and Saunders dressing up as elderly pair Mary and Marina.

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We can also expect a parody of drama The Handmaid’s Tale ahead. “There’s some ­Handmaid’s Tale in there,” Dawn French told The Times. “We had fun with some of the costumes.”

Christmas couldn’t come sooner.

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300 Years of French and Saunders will air on Monday 25th December at 10:35pm on BBC1.