Stars of British Sitcom Absolutely Fabulous to Reunite for One-Off Special

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Stars of British Sitcom Absolutely Fabulous to Reunite for One-Off Special

Fans of the iconic British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous are in for a treat as the stars of the show reunite for the first time since 2016 for a one-off special. Jennifer Saunders, Dame Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, and Jane Horrocks will come together to reminisce about their time working on the 90s hit show in a new programme titled Absolutely Fabulous: Inside Out.

The special will pay tribute to June Whitfield, who played the beloved character Mother and passed away in 2018 at the age of 93. Ab Fab, as it is affectionately known among fans, first premiered on UK screens in 1992 and ran until 2003. The series follows the antics of PR boss Edina, portrayed by Saunders, and retired model Patsy, played by Dame Joanna, as they navigate their hedonistic lifestyle in London, often leading to personal crises that are humorously resolved by Edina’s sensible daughter Saffy, played by Sawalha. Horrocks brought additional comic relief as Edina’s ditzy personal assistant, Bubble.

The show enjoyed a brief revival with a three-episode return between 2011 and 2012 to celebrate its 20th anniversary and a feature film release in 2016.

Jennifer Saunders, who created and starred in the comedy, expressed her gratitude for the special programme. “I loved making Ab Fab but I can’t remember a great deal, so much of this retrospective is a revelation to me,” she said.

Dame Joanna Lumley added, “It was a fabulous wander down memory lane by actresses who only have the faintest grip on reality. Really thrilling, and I hope vastly entertaining. I loved every second.”

Kirsty Hanson, who commissioned the documentary for the comedy channel Gold, highlighted the show’s groundbreaking role in female-led comedy. “The show helped break the mould for female-led comedy and fans are in for a real treat,” she said.

The documentary, produced by Expectation, will also feature insights from the show’s costume designers, famous fans, behind-the-scenes secrets, and never-before-seen clips. Absolutely Fabulous: Inside Out is set to air on Gold later this year.

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