Jennifer Saunders yet to start script for Ab Fab return

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 April 2011
Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders has yet to start the script for the sixth series of 'Absolutely Fabulous', which is due onscreen on the BBC later this year

Jennifer Saunders has yet to start the script for the sixth series of 'Absolutely Fabulous'.

The series writer and star - who plays hilarious Edina - is set to return alongside Joanna Lumley as Patsy for three episodes of the cult comedy show on the BBC later in the year, but has been so busy with her other commitments she hasn't had time to write it yet.

Joanna - who plays louche socialite Patsy - told the Daily Mail newspaper: "In late August I start filming on three episodes of Absolutely Fabulous, which we are all ecstatic about.

"Miss Saunders has been so busy writing 'Uptown Downstairs Abbey' for Comic Relief and also 'Spice Girls: The Musical', I don't think she's started the script!"

The plot will continue to document the booze-fuelled adventures of rich and lazy Patsy and her friend Edina in their quest to find fame above everything else, with Edina's long suffering daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha ) and mother, (June Whitfield) also featuring in their antics.

Of the plans for the sitcom to return to the screen, Joanna said: "Jen wrote to me and said, 'Let's talk through it. What do you think?'. And I said, 'Bring it on'. Because we're all still here.

"Mother's still alive, the wonderful June Whitfield. Julia Sawalha and Jane Horrocks are all still alive and available ... and I think we just have to do it.

'The great thing is that because ... we fast-forwarded to where they're very old and nearly dead and practically plugged into vodka machines, it doesn't matter how beyond the original series we do it."

'Absolutely Fabulous' first ran from 1992 until 1996, returning for two more series between 2001 and 2004, and a Comic Relief edition on in 2005.

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed the show's return, saying: "We're putting the finishing touches to the deal to bring it back."

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