“Twenty years ago the heroines of ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ were wacky heralds of a new age of extravagance. Now they are the last blinkered women in the bunker, hoarding designer shoes and awaiting an Evite back to the glamorous life. They don’t belong there, and that’s what makes them so welcome.” – New York Times
They’re back, darlings. BBC Home Entertainment is absolutely thrilled to bring Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials to DVD on September 11, 2012. International comedy sensations Jennifer Saunders (French & Saunders) and Joanna Lumley (The Corpse Bride) return to their celebrated roles as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone in three all-new specials, written by Jennifer Saunders. Twenty years since we first met them, the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser, but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous.
The original fashionistas, PR rep Eddy and best friend/enabler Patsy, were often found at the bottom of a champagne bottle – and not much has changed. Eddy’s daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha, Cranford) is still hard-working and largely ignored. Eddy’s mother (June Whitfield, Doctor Who) is still around, and still unwanted. Bubble (Jane Horrocks, Arthur Christmas), Eddy’s colorful assistant, is still… well, Bubble. In the first of the new specials, there’s a homecoming for one of the ladies who has been “away” for quite some time. She returns with her new, slightly scary best friend in tow, with wide reaching ramifications- including forcing a certain person to own up to her real age… if she can still remember what it is. In the second special, Eddy sets her sights on changing the career of a very big fish indeed; and in the final special, Eddy and Patsy play their own very special part in the London 2012 Olympics.
Jennifer Saunders won the 2012 BAFTA TV Award for Female Performance in a Comedy Program for her performance as Edina Monsoon. TheAbsolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary specials premiered simultaneously on BBC AMERICA and Logo in the US starting in January 2012, and on Vision in Canada in June 2012. Absolutely Fabulous is a Saunders and French production for BBC, co-produced by BBC AMERICA and Logo.
All previous seasons of Absolutely Fabulous are available from BBC Home Entertainment, sold individually or all together in the Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything collection.