Absolutely Fabulous Drunkenly Crawls Toward a Film

Fashion victims par excellence, Edina and Patsy are headed to the big screen — as if even that were big enough for their hilariously bumbling egos. Jennifer Saunders — who played Edina Monsoon, a boozy and loony caricature of a fashion editor (not always far from the truth), on the smash-hit BBC sitcom that debuted more than 20 years ago — said on the British talk show Loose Women that filming will begin later this year.

“There is a plot and that’s the miracle,” she added. “It involves all the main characters and virtually everyone that’s ever been in the series, all those characters. And we’re in London and sometimes we might go to the South of France…It could be anywhere. I’m waiting for the budget. if it’s a big budget, it will be the Bahamas.”

In a case of life imitating satire, we have Joanna Lumley — who played the scene-stealing Patsy Stone, a fashion-world never-was who spends her days sleeping off hangovers and coming on to anyone with a pulse and a Y chromosome — to thank for coaxing Saunders into the project. “I didn’t do it for a while because I thought, Wouldn’t it be awful if it was awful? But now we’re all so old. Joanna said, ‘Do it before we all die.'”

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