Started in 1991 as a pilot, Murder Most Horrid has become a classic Dawn French comedy. As various characters, Dawn French embarks on a different mystery every episode - but there not to be taken too seriously. In some way or another she is involved with murder - either committing the crime herself or even getting bumped off herself!
Murder Most Horrid is a BBC dark comedy anthology series starring comedian Dawn French. It ran for four series runs, in 1991, 1994, 1996 and 1999.
Created by Paul Smith, who also co-created Colin's Sandwich and has written for The Brittas Empire, among other programmes, the series starred French as a different character in each episode. Many episodes were directed by the noted director Bob Spiers, who also worked with French on The Comic Strip Presents... and French and Saunders.
Most episodes parodied the thriller and murder mystery genres with one notable episode lampooning the trials and tribulations of being a children's presenter in general, and Blue Peter in particular. In 1998, this episode was repeated to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Blue Peter, as part of a section entitled "Spoof Peter", which also featured the Python skit "How to Do It".
Each episode was standalone, and the episodes were written by different writers or writing teams with several contributing multiple episodes across the four series. Among these writers, the pairing of series-creator Paul Smith with Terry Kyan, is particularly notable. The two would subsequently create and write Bonjour la Classe, starring Nigel Planer.