Friday 24 November 2017

Absolutely Fabulous is set to return as a film, dahling

Comedy gold: Jennifer Saunders with 'Absolutely Fabulous' co-star Joanna Lumley
Comedy gold: Jennifer Saunders with 'Absolutely Fabulous' co-star Joanna Lumley

Jasper Copping

Put the Bolly on ice, sweeties – Absolutely Fabulous is to return as a film, its creator Jennifer Saunders has confirmed.

The actress and writer has revealed she has agreed to script the new production, after pressure from her co-star, Joanna Lumley.

Saunders, who played PR agent Edina Monsoon in the BBC comedy series, makes the announcement on tonight’s Jonathan Ross Show.

It ends a long period of speculation over whether the film would be made. Appearing on the same show last year Lumley, who played magazine editor Patsy Stone, told Ross that there had been discussions over a possible production, but that Saunders needed further persuasion.

Dawn French, Saunders’ writing partner, who was involved in creating the original series, has also applied pressure in public for the project to go ahead.

However, Saunders has previously said she did want to create a film, as it could ruin the legacy of the show, which ran from 1992 to 2005, before returning for three special episodes to mark its 20th anniversary.

But on tonight's show, Saunders said: “Yes, well I have to do it now because I’ve threatened to a lot, and then she (Joanna) kept announcing it and saying, 'Yes, she’s going to do it,’ and then Dawn French on our radio show at Christmas said, 'I bet £100,000 that you don’t write it,’ so now I have to write it, otherwise I have to pay her £100,000.”

She said she was “really nervous” about the project. “It’s like the second album syndrome,” she added. “Once you’ve had a bit of success, the last thing you want to do is go and make a flop. So the biggest fear in me is that it won’t be good enough.”

She added that she was “the worst procrastinator in the world,” suggesting the project might still be some time in the pipeline.

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