We are please to share the news that one of the most innovative, politically incorrect, and deliciously satirical, farcical, and witty shows of all time, Absolutely Fabulous (or AbFab), will go for another run on the United Kingdom’s BBC later this year.
The show dates back to 1992, starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, and Julia Sawalha. The five J’s, with occasional appearances by the hilarious Mo Gaffney, made shows like Sex And The City and Modern Family seem dull and lifeless by comparison.
AbFab lampooned what is now mainstream and popular: the obsession with celebrities, yoga, botox, going vegetarian, new age, you name it. No one was spared--Barbara Bush, Liza Minnelli, Prince Charles, Joan Collins, Jennifer Lopez, and countless others drew barbs from the main characters, Eddie and Patsy. To their credit, some personalities like Emma Bunton of Spice Girls fame guest starred on the show. No other show can take breaks of several years at a time and come back even more side-splitting than ever. Absolutely Fabulous can because Jennifer Saunders, who writes the shows scripts, always has great material.
Imagine what Patsy, Eddie, Saffron, Bubble, and “the old woman” can do with today’s material: The Obamas, Sarah Palin, David Cameron, Lindsay Lohan, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, going green, Charlie Sheen, Piers Morgan, and Susan Boyle offer plenty of fodder. While some of the current trends like CSR are commendable, they always have that self-important streak; hence the easy mocking on the behalf of AbFab’s characters. The show will film at least three episodes later this year--let us hope more are in the pipeline.
Television is better now than ever before, and we can thank Absolutely Fabulous, Saunders, and Lumley. Here is a mash-up of some great clips:
And now we launch our AbFab Countdown!