Ab Fab’s Coming Back! Here’s Your Refresher Guide

By Seth Abramovitch

Apr 22, 2011

Well, this is certainly interesting: Absolutely Fabulous (NYSE: AbFab), one of the most daring and hilarious sitcoms of the last 20 years, is being resurrected for three all-new episodes. Filming is set for later this year, with stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprising their classic roles as the decadent and ridiculous Patsy and Eddy. The two were a pair of Stoli-chugging, coke-snorting, label-whoring divas, and were held up as shining lifestyle examples by a generation of gay men trapped in the otherwise-unfabulous ‘90s. This would be the third revival for the series, which stopped its initial run back in 1996, but aired specials in 2001 and 2004.

In honor of this news, let's we revisit some of the major AbFab characters and actors who played them:

Jennifer Saunders starred as Edwina Margaret Rose Monsoon, or Eddy for short. She somehow runs a PR company, dresses in an extreme, fashion-forward style (read: idiotically), and is often led astray by her best friend, Patsy.

Joanna Lumley was Patsy Stone (full name: Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau Stone), a childhood friend of Eddy’s who led a traumatic and loveless childhood, leading her to act like a near-sociopath in adulthood. She starred in a series of softcore Bond film ripoffs, including Bond Meets Black Emmanuelle, Boldfinger, and The Man with Thunder Balls. Though she holds contempt for most things, she despises Eddy’s daughter Saffy above all else.

Julia Sawalha played Saffy Monsoon, Edina’s bookish and constantly put-upon daughter. She’s all grown up now, and most recently could be seen starring in the BBC’s Lark Rise to Candleford, a very proper costume drama.

Jane Horrocks was Bubble, an exceedingly odd bird of a personal assistant who spoke in a hard-to-understand accent—though not quite as hard to understand as when she was speaking in complete gibberish.

June Whitfield was Mrs. Monsoon, Edina’s sweet, dotty mom, whom Edina abuses and refers exclusively to as "The Old Woman.”

Christopher Malcolm played Justin, Saffron’s gay dad and Edina’s first ex-husband. He hasn’t done much since AbFab, but...he was in both The Empire Strikes Back and Labyrinth, making him a hero to my childhood (and current) self.

Welcome back, everyone!

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  • treacletart Apr 24, 2011

    Wey het best sitcom EVER

  • clovetter Apr 24, 2011

    ooooo yes very gd

  • lolamustang Apr 22, 2011

    Absolutely fabulous news.

  • ted2332 Apr 22, 2011

    Classic show. :)

  • daftbugger Apr 22, 2011

    Bubble's accent is pure Rochdale, Lancashire. Nowhere in England does anyone roll their Rs quite as much.

  • SVALIAS Apr 22, 2011

    Officially the best news I have heard in a long long time!!! Definately one of the best of british comedies. Hopefully, just as piperpruelover4 has said, three episodes turn into a continuous stream of awesomeness for years and years (until I die if possible). Saunders and Lumley back together...music to my ears. Picture me dancing...because I am....I'm dancing!!!!

  • PiperPrueLover4 Apr 22, 2011

    I'm so damn excited. I hope the three episodes become six and then into more seasons.... Season 6, 7...... that is my dream.

  • par3182 Apr 22, 2011

    That reads as if Saffy went on to Lark Rise to Candleford.

  • AshantiMiller Apr 22, 2011