Tuesday 26 September 2017

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley team up for BBC Worldwide Showcase

Patsy and Edina, as played by Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders
Patsy and Edina, as played by Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are set to host this year's BBC Worldwide as the global showcase event marks the 25th anniversary of hit comedy Absolutely Fabulous.

The pair, who played drunken duo Patsy and Edina in the BBC1 show, will reunite for a special gala on Monday to celebrate the show's global success.

Known as Pour Me Another One in Russia and Totally Hysterical in Sweden, the show has sold in a reported 240 territories and its big screen adaptation last year attracted an all-star cast.

"I'm delighted to see the huge international impact that Absolutely Fabulous is continuing to have," said writer and creator Saunders.

"When I came up with the idea, never could I have imagined what a success it would be, let alone how long it would run for."

The 41st BBC Worldwide Showcase is a four-day international TV market that will introduce more than 6,000 hours of content to 700 global buyers until Wednesday.

One particularly keen buyer is the Vatican's television channel TV2000, which has this year bought nine BBC costume drama series, including Emma (2009), Jane Eyre (2006), Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth (1995), North & South (2004) and season one of The Paradise (2012).

Presentations throughout the Liverpool ACC Arena event will be made by stars such as Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Mel Giedroyc, Ed Westwick, Matt LeBlanc and Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

The channel will be sharing a myriad of new and recent releases, including documentaries on music legends such including David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and Nile Rodgers.

Following the success of David Bowie: The Last Five Years, in the aftermath of the Ziggy Stardust singer's death in January 2016, it has been bought by broadcasters across Europe, North America and Australia.

New series Nile Rodgers: Lost In Music, which sees the Grammy award-winner share his insider secrets on how to make a hit record, is also set to be a hit.

The programme will feature unprecedented access to Rodgers and his collaborators throughout his 40-year career, with words from Kathy Sledge, Nick Rhodes, Mark Ronson and Laura Mvula.

Commenting on the programme he said: "I can't wait to see the series in full, I'm sure it'll be breath taking.

"This series' attention to detail is comprehensive, we looked back through the decades with real curiosity, picking out moments and actions that seemed frivolous at the time, but had a huge impact on the music we made."

BBC Worldwide's president for global markets, Paul Dempsey, said of the whole event: "The range and quality of our programming makes for an outstanding slate, and we're thrilled to host some of the industry's top producers, writers and on-screen talent."

Press Association

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