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Dawn French: live webchat Wednesday 24 October, 1.30-2.30pm

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JaneGMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Oct-12 14:18:13

Hi everyone,

We're delighted that Dawn French will be joining us for a webchat about her new novel, Oh Dear Silvia, on Wednesday 24 October from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. You can see Dawn talking about the book in this trailer.

Dawn will be launching Oh Dear Silvia, which is published by Michael Joseph, at an exclusive event at The Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly, on Friday 26 October, where she will be interviewed by Sue Perkins. Tickets cost £15 and include a signed copy of the book. You can buy tickets here or on 0844 847 1778 and very excitingly, we have a pair of tickets to give away.

Anyone who posts a question on this thread for Dawn (either during the live webchat itself or in advance) will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the event, so do join Dawn for a chat on Wednesday or post a question for her in advance here.



Dollydowser Tue 23-Oct-12 18:04:38

Hi Dawn, you and I share many things, our first name, our love of chocolate, our enormous norks bra size. But I don't know what your favourite tipple is!
Do you prefer champagne or cocktails? I'm not fussy, I like both grin

lisaro Tue 23-Oct-12 18:24:08

Dawn, you're my girly crush blush. Do you know Kate Silverton and do you both get up to Yorkshire much?
On another note; Do you ever ever regret being famous? Even with the perks it brings? Divorcing in the public eye must have been bloody horrible, however you both felt about the whole situation.

LineRunner Tue 23-Oct-12 18:28:05

Dear Dawn,

Hello. My DD adores you, and she has written to you three times in the past year. Could you please give her a wave and let her know how she might obtain one of your gorgeous photographs?

And what lisaro said - do you ever regret being famous?

Thanks for doing MN. x

Sparklingbrook Tue 23-Oct-12 18:34:04

Hello Dawn. The school trip sketch from French and Saunders is my favourite ever. Coach!!!! Gift Shop!!!

Come Dine with Me
Dancing On ice
The Jungle thingy
Celebrity Deal or no Deal

Which one would you least object to taking part in? grin

LittleWhiteWolf Tue 23-Oct-12 18:51:22

Hi Dawn, I remember watching the last webchat you did with us; thanks for coming back! I've been laughing at your antics all my life it feels like and I always feel very warmly towards you because you remind me of my mum!

My question is this: do you have any big secrets that might emerge if you ended up, like your character Sylvie, in a coma? You can tell us, we won't say a word wink

SnarfEggbert Tue 23-Oct-12 19:02:16

Hi Dawn
In Dear Fatty you mentioned the time you were at your daughter's school for sport, and the commentator mentioned that you were there, and you got a tincy bit annoyed with him.

My question is please stop me getting subconcious - other parents that I don't know at school events once I've covered who's your child, I ask about line of work, I find this difficult to do with wellknown parents, I feel like I know them (which of course I don't) and they don't know me, what is acceptable small talk on the side of the pitch, whilst ignoring the big elephant?

BigBroomstickBIWI Tue 23-Oct-12 19:24:44

Welcome back to the vipers' nest! You obviously don't think we're that bad then!

I would love to see you and Sue Perkins together. Two of my favourite women.

Unfortunately I can't think of a question, so probably unlikely to win tickets ... hmm

frankie4 Tue 23-Oct-12 19:30:17

Hi Dawn

I absolutely loved your book A Tiny Bit Marvellous and could really identify with the characters.

However, the Epilogue really worried me! I just didn't believe that Mo would drive a car blindfolded. Maybe it's just me that would be worrying about knocking someone down or crashing into another car...

Bossybritches22 Tue 23-Oct-12 19:33:52

Dawn- you look always look gorgeous & even more so recently with those lovely cheek bones to die for!

I love that phrase you tell of your father telling you any guy that danced with you would be the luckiest guy alive (or summat) as you were/are so gorgeous. (sorry if quoted wrong)

I use it on my 2 teenage DD's, what other little gems have you shared with your daughter to boost her self esteem? grin

lookoveryourshouldernow Tue 23-Oct-12 19:37:33

..Difficult I know....

but if you hadn't won a shedload of BAFTA Awards, British Comedy Awards and National Television Awards - what would you have done ???

..and do you think that you would have been any happier ???

Woozley Tue 23-Oct-12 19:40:52

Dear Dawn

What's it like to snog Richard Armitage?

As full a description as possible please, it's the closest any of us are likely to get. grin

Thanks xx

5ThingsUnderTheBed Tue 23-Oct-12 20:11:08

Hi Dawn, I think you're fab!

My question, you did a lot of spoofs with Jennifer, what was your favourite one?

BigBroomstickBIWI Tue 23-Oct-12 20:14:28

Oh yes. A question popped into my head.

Of all the characters you have played, either in short sketches or in longer programmes, which has been your favourite? Which would you reprise if you had the opportunity?

carlywurly Tue 23-Oct-12 20:37:15

Hi Dawn, I once bought some Wassail cider because the nice lady who works in the Lostwithiel deli told me you thought it was lovely.

In fairness, it is indeed delicious, but was it true? (and if it is, maybe it answers Dollydowser's question!)

BillyBollyBandy Tue 23-Oct-12 20:40:15

Hi Dawn

You're lovely <simper>

What's your favourite adult and children's book?

chocolatetester1 Tue 23-Oct-12 21:02:44

Dawn French, you are my favourite and my best grin

SoleSource Tue 23-Oct-12 21:24:45

Hi Dawn

I have bought and read your book Dear Fatty. Loved it smile

I admire you greatly and have been a fan forever!

Claire x

Dollydowser Tue 23-Oct-12 21:25:15

NO Carlywarly, I want the lovely Dawn to answer my question!! (and cider wasn't one of the choices grin)

NorksAreMessy Tue 23-Oct-12 21:51:47

Hello Ms French (formal)
Thank you for making me laugh for years and years and years.

Please tell me if your daughter thinks you are funny, or does she just roll her eyes at you? Does she REALISE that her mother is so well loved.

<may be a slightly bitter personal reason for asking this>

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 23-Oct-12 22:33:39

Hello Dawn!!! <faints>

I loooove yooooou! blush

The beetroot cake at the end of A Tiny Bit Marvellous is my DS' favourite all time cake, he sends many pink-crumbed kisses of gratitude!

allagory Tue 23-Oct-12 23:00:59

Dear Dawn,

I spent a considerable time yesterday night catching up with Downtown Abbey. As I watched I couldn't help but cast you in nearly every single part.
So I wondered, if you could choose one character in Downtown Abbey to play, which one would it be?

I also would like to thank you for the valuable critical service you had performed over the years pointing out what a load of sentimental twaddle these dramas really are. It has added to my enjoyment no end.

Hotcoffeeisamemory Tue 23-Oct-12 23:02:45

Hello Dawn!

I love you blush

What advise would you give to anyone who is in the process of adopting a child?

Love Lisa xxx

NanaNina Tue 23-Oct-12 23:06:38

Oh gawd Dawn we all think you're it a bit embarrassing, all this adulation. We sound like a load of women having a crush on you like we did when we were kids, on older girls.

Can you understand this and do you feel like that about anyone? and

How does it feel to be recognised by everyone - do you smile at people who stare or ask If you are DF or do you get pissed off sometimes?

Joanne Lumley gave me a lovely smile at the Cat Show!!

Cahoots Tue 23-Oct-12 23:24:00

Hi Dawn, here's a quickie....

What is your favourite type of TV program?
Comedy, house renovation, cooking, costume drama????

Valpollicella Tue 23-Oct-12 23:28:20

Hi Dawn

so pleased ypu've retuned to us -bet you lurk--

My question a working mother in tv, how did you manage that when your DD was little? Did you get `the guilt`? if so, how did you (like so many other wohm) reconcile it?

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