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Twenty years after TV viewers were introduced to the British comedy phenomenon Absolutely Fabulous, BBC America and Logo have struck a deal to bring it back.
The U.S. channels will launch three all-new specials, with writer-star Jennifer Saunders and her counterpart Joanna Lumley reprising their roles as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone. The pair was last seen together in 2006, when the actresses teamed for BBC America comedy Clatterford.
“We hope that, like a good bottle of champagne we have grown better with age but lost none of our sparkle… We fully intend to party like it’s 1991,” said Saunders. “When we started filming in West London, it was like time had stood still. It was raining. Nevertheless we are so happy to be working for an audience that has grown just a tiny bit older, like us, but is still willing to let us fall over on TV in the name of PR.”
Added executive producer Jon Plowman, “I can divulge that all of us have got a bit older, though we will be doing our best not to show it, and thankfully none of us have got any wiser. All of the originals who are back together again are still truly absolutely fabulous and we hope that the new adventures of Edina, Patsy, Saffy, Bubble and Mother, plus a few surprising guests, will entertain both our tried and trusted U.S. fans as well as gain us some new friends.”
The deal to revive the 1990s series was brokered by Jemma Adkins, SVP of TV sales & co-productions fiction at BBC Worldwide America. BBC Worldwide owns global distribution rights to the new specials, which Logo and BBC America will co-produce. Both U.S. nets are already in the Ab Fab business with repeats airing on their schedules.
Email: Lacey.Rose@THR.com; Twitter: @LaceyVRose
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