Sometimes it’s a terrible idea to try to recreate the past — getting together with your high-school chums, reuniting bands to relive past glories, etc. But since when did Edina and Patsy ever shy away from a really bad idea? And when were we ever less than thrilled that they did so? It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Absolutely Fabulous first hit the airwaves, but it has. And to celebrate, in a co-production deal with BBC America and LOGO networks, three brand-new Absolutely Fabulous specials featuring the entire original cast are being produced for broadcast on the two channels.
Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha will be back in the roles that made them famous. Edina and Patsy will be as irresponsible and drunk as ever, according to Saunders. “We hope that, like a good bottle of champagne we have grown better with age but lost none of our sparkle,” she says. “We fully intend to party like it’s 1991. When we started filming in West London, it was like time had stood still. It was raining. Nevertheless we are so happy to be working for an audience that has grown just a tiny bit older, like us, but is still willing to let us fall over on TV in the name of PR.”
No word yet on Saffron’s getting along nor on her relationship with her mother, but we’re looking forward to finding out, and hoping that this reunion is every inch the fabulous disaster that it should be.
Photo: BBC America