Absolutely Fabulous

9:30pm Monday 23 July on BBC ONE

As unmissable as the Olympic 100m final, but longer and funnier, Absolutely Fabulous returns tonight with Olympics – the last of three specials made to celebrate its 20 year anniversary.

Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders, Bafta ‘female comedy performance’ for Ab Fab) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) are well known for having their fingers on the pulse of the nation.

As the sound of the approaching Olympiad reaches deafening proportions Eddy is surprised that it is all about to start. She has rented out her house to a Hollywood A lister, but she is still living in it, as is her daughter (Julia Sawalha), her mother (June Whitfield) and her assistant Bubble (Jane Horrocks).

Patsy tries to get into Eddy’s body suit to look suitably great for the A listers, with disastrous results. Health professionals are summoned.

Eddy feels that doors are closing on her, age is catching up with her, invitations are not coming her way anymore and Stella McCartney’s shop is closed to her.

To add to her depression, Bo and Marshall (her ex-husband, played by Chris Ryan and his American girlfriend played by Mo Gaffney) arrive to stay for the Games. Things can only get worse.

After their triumphant reunion at Christmas on BBC One, Eddy and Patsy return. Somehow, before the flame has been lit, they will end up running for glory inside the Olympic stadium and crash a reception for the likes of Tanni Grey Thompson, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Stella McCartney.

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10:00pm Sunday 25 December on BBC ONE

Twenty years after Eddy, Patsy, Saffy, Bubble and Mother first staggered onto BBC screens, Absolutely Fabulous is back! In the first of three new episodes written by and starring Jennifer Saunders, with Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield, there’s an awful lot of catching up to do.

First of all there’s a homecoming for one of them who’s been ‘away’ for quite some time. She arrives at the Monsoon household with a new – slightly scary – best friend. Her presence could be either a blessing or a disaster, raising questions of identity that could even involve a certain person owning up to her real age … if she can remember it.

Warning: A Royal Wedding is re-enacted by Bubble.

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Absolutely Fabulous will return to our screens with three very special episodes on BBC to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will return to their roles as PR guru Edina Monsoon and sex-crazed magazine editor Patsy Stone.  Also returning will be original cast members Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks.

Ab Fab first aired in 1991 and finished its run in 2004.  The new episodes will be set in the present day and fans can, “rejoin the beloved ensemble in the midst of a life-changing experience for one.”  Meanwhile the final episode will feature Eddy and Patsy’s own special influence on the London 2012 Olympics.

Saunders said, “It’s great that we are able to celebrate our 20th birthday with all the original cast. Like a good bottle of champagne we hope that we have got better with time without losing any of our sparkle.  Last week when we started filming in dear old West London, it was as if nothing had changed. 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.”

Great news today is that hit sitcom Absolutely Fabulous is to return to our screens later this year for at least three new episodes!

Joanna Lumley, who plays drunkard Patsy on the show, confirmed that she’s set to film three episodes of the show in August.

Speaking to Hello magazine, Joanna said, “In late August I start filming on three episodes of Absolutely Fabulous, which we are all ecstatic about.”

However, Joanna added that she has no idea what plotlines will feature on the new episodes.

She said, “Miss [Jennifer] Saunders has been so busy writing Uptown Downstairs Abbey for Comic Relief and also Spice Girls: The Musical, I don’t think she’s started [the script]!”

And a BBC spokesperson told The Guardian newspaper, “We’re putting the finishing touches to the deal to bring it back…

“And as soon as we’re in a position to confirm it we will.”

My money’s on a Christmas special or three!

Are you excited it’s coming back?

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