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‘Do it before we die!’ Joanne Lumley and Jennifer Saunders to film Ab Fab film this autumn

Published 30/04/2015 | 10:15

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley

Jennifer Saunders has revealed that the long-awaited Ab Fab movie will begin shooting in the autumn.

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Fans have long been calling for a big screen outing for the hit show, which ran on and off from 1992-2004 followed by several specials until 2012.

Saunders appeared on Loose Women this week to reveal that the original cast and several guests will start filming this year.

Her reason for the delay in writing the script, she said, was down to the fact she kept thinking, "Wouldn't it be awful if it was awful?!"

However, she added that co-star Joanna Lumley persuaded her to do it.

‘Now we’re all so old, Joanna said to me, ‘Do it before we die!’ We’re all on the brink.” revealed Jennifer.

She added, "It involves all the main characters and virtually anyone thats ever been in the series.

"We're in London and we might go to the South of France. I'm hoping we go to the South of France... I'm waiting for the budget."

Earlier this year, she stated that the movie will be titled ‘Edina and Patsy’ in honour of the show’s two protagonists played by Jennifer and Joanna Lumley.

Absolutely Fabulous (also known as Ab Fab) profiles the lives of outrageous PR guru Edina ‘Eddie’ Monsoon and her hedonistic best friend, magazine editor Patsy ‘Pats’ Stone.

The skit show, co-written by Dawn French, originally aired on the BBC from 1992 to 1996.

The premise for the series evolved from an early French & Saunders sketch called Modern Mother and Daughter.

Thinks to its cult status, the show was revived from 2001-2004 and for a 20th anniversary special in 2012.

Julia Sawalha and June Whitfield will also be reprising their roles for the feature film, playing Eddie’s long suffering daughter and batty mother.

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