Darlings, the show is back.
“Ab Fab’s Coming Back! Here’s Your Refresher Guide
by Seth Abramovitch 04/21/11 04:07 PM
Well, this is certainly interesting: Absolutely Fabulous (NYSE: AbFab), one of the most daring and hilarious sitcoms of the last 20 years, is being resurrected for three all-new episodes. Filming is set for later this year, with stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprising their classic roles as the decadent and ridiculous Patsy and Eddy. The two were a pair of Stoli-chugging, coke-snorting, label-whoring divas, and were held up as shining lifestyle examples by a generation of gay men trapped in the otherwise-unfabulous ‘90s. This would be the third revival for the series, which stopped its initial run back in 1996, but aired specials in 2001 and 2004.
In honor of this news, let's we revisit some of the major AbFab characters and actors who played them:
Jennifer Saunders starred as Edwina Margaret Rose Monsoon, or Eddy for short. She somehow runs a PR company, dresses in an extreme, fashion-forward style (read: idiotically), and is often led astray by her best friend, Patsy.
Joanna Lumley was Patsy Stone (full name: Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau Stone), a childhood friend of Eddy’s who led a traumatic and loveless childhood, leading her to act like a near-sociopath in adulthood. She starred in a series of softcore Bond film ripoffs, including Bond Meets Black Emmanuelle, Boldfinger, and The Man with Thunder Balls. Though she holds contempt for most things, she despises Eddy’s daughter Saffy above all else.
Julia Sawalha played Saffy Monsoon, Edina’s bookish and constantly put-upon daughter. She’s all grown up now, and most recently could be seen starring in the BBC’s Lark Rise to Candleford, a very proper costume drama.
Jane Horrocks was Bubble, an exceedingly odd bird of a personal assistant who spoke in a hard-to-understand accent—though not quite as hard to understand as when she was speaking in complete gibberish.
June Whitfield was Mrs. Monsoon, Edina’s sweet, dotty mom, whom Edina abuses and refers exclusively to as "The Old Woman.”
Christopher Malcolm played Justin, Saffron’s gay dad and Edina’s first ex-husband. He hasn’t done much since AbFab, but...he was in both The Empire Strikes Back and Labyrinth, making him a hero to my childhood (and current) self.
Welcome back, everyone!”
Jennifer Saunders is a genius.
Lincolnshire, England, UK
Jennifer Jane Saunders
Born in 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, into an RAF family, Jennifer Saunders originally trained to be a teacher at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. It was here that she met and, later, forged a friendship with Dawn French. They later shared a flat together and towards the end of their programme started writing and performing comedy together. Jennifer was not a thorough academic and when she finished at the School did not go on to become a teacher. But, by chance Jennifer spotted an advertisment from the Comic Strip calling for a pair of comediennes.”
Joanna Lumley is effervescent as ever.
“Joanna Lamond Lumley was born on 1 May 1946 in Srinagar, in the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which was then part of British India. Her parents were Major James Rutherford Lumley, who served in the 6th Gurkha Rifles, a regiment of the British Indian Army, and Beatrice Rose Weir. They married in 1941. After the independence of India in 1947, the Lumleys moved to Malaya (now Malaysia) and later settled in Kent, England. Lumley was educated at St Mary's Convent School in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, England, and afterwards attended the Lucy Clayton School of modelling. She then went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.”