CRACK open the Bolly, darling and let’s all rejoice. Absolutely Fabulous is coming back.
Yes you read it right, the champagne-guzzling, foul-mouthed, chain-smoking fashionistas, Patsy and Eddie, are to return to our screens with three specials to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary.
Sweetie, darling, sweetie, darling, it’s the best news ever. I mean not only did I grow up with international PR guru Edina Monsoon and booze-soaked magazine editor Patsy Stone, but rumour has it that I had plenty in common with them too.
And like me, even though the two characters might be heading towards their pensions by now, I hear on the grapevine that like a good bottle of Champagne they have not lost any of their sparkle and still get up to their old tricks.
Absolutely Fabulous creator, Jennifer Saunders, 53, and her co-star Joanna Lumley, 65, two of the best actresses around, have reunited for the hit TV sitcom which ran from 1992 to 2003 with a special in 2004. Since then it has continued to be repeated on BBC2 and on satellite channels. The series, affectionately nicknamed Ab Fab, followed the lives of the fashion and fad-obsessed PR women who valued fame and fortune over everything else in their lives - including their families.
They spent most of their time in Edina’s London home in swish Holland Park, where her daughter, Saffy, played by Julia Sawalha, and senile mother, played by June Whitfield would berate them for their childish and outrageous behaviour. Both women are featured in the new series along with Jane Horrocks who played dotty secretary Bubble, plus a few surprising guests.
In the new series one of the cast has a “life-changing experience” which affects them all, while Edina sets her sights on changing the career of someone described as “a very big fish indeed.” The two stars also play their own part in the 2012 London Olympics and it’s not smoking the Olympic torch!
Plenty has happened in the two actresses’ personal lives since they last worked together. Jennifer has had breast cancer but is now in remission, While Joanna has been very much in the public eye politically due to her campaign to help Gurkhas who retired before 1997 win the right to settle in the UK. But both still look absolutely fabulous, and say it’s like they have never been away.
Women have been fantastically loyal in their devotion to the show, something Jennifer and Joanna, have been quick to recognise. They believe the reason they have slipped back into the characters again so easily is because they are working for an audience that has grown a tiny bit older like they have, and appreciates the same things.
Long may they reign and become role models to a new generation.