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Ab Fab returns for three 20th anniversary specials

International PR 'guru' Eddy Monsoon and drunken magazine editor Patsy Stone are to return to our screens in three new episodes of Absolutely Fabulous.

The award-winning BBC comedy series will celebrate its 20th anniversary with three 30-minute specials.

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will reprise their celebrated roles as Edina and Patsy, and will be joined by other original cast members.

Julia Sawalha will resume the role of Edina's daughter Saffy, June Whitfield as her mother and Jane Horrocks as Bubble.

The original series aired from 1992 to 2003 with a special in 2004. The new collection of specials picks up in the present day.


Fashion follower Eddy will still work in PR and sex-mad Patsy will still work in magazines.

In the first episode, fans will rejoin the ensemble in the midst of a life-changing experience for one -- which affects them all, the BBC said.

In the second show, Eddy sets her sights on changing the career of someone described as "a very big fish indeed".

In the concluding episode, Eddy and Patsy play their own very special part in the London 2012 Olympics.

Saunders said: "It's great that we are able to celebrate our 20th birthday with all the original cast. Like a good bottle of champagne, we hope that we have got better with time without losing any of our sparkle."