Absolutely Fabulous

jennifer-saundersThe British actress, Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) has unleashed a barrage of angst filled ranting towards Britain’s state broadcaster the BBC, calling it a corporate, executive-run place for idiots.

The writer and comedian said the BBC was no longer a fun place to work, but a top-heavy corporate behemoth.

She described wanting to yell obscenities at a former director-general for insisting on spending licence fee-payers’ money on expensive lunches at the fashionable Ivy restaurant in London rather than on programmes. Continue reading »

8:30pm Friday, July 27 on TV One

The outrageous, but undeniably fabulous ladies are back in the limelight in this Absolutely Fabulous Olympics Special.

Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone are well known for having their fingers on the pulse of the nation.

As the sound of the approaching Olympiad reaches decibel deafening proportions, Eddy is surprised that it is all about to start. She has rented out her house to a Hollywood A-lister but is still living in it, as are her daughter, her mother and her assistant.

Patsy tries to get into Eddy’s bodysuit to look suitably great for the A-listers, with disastrous results. And Eddy feels that doors are closing on her, age is catching up with her, and invitations are no longer coming her way. To add to her woes, Bo and Marshall arrive to stay for the Games. Things can only get worse…

Somehow, before the flame has been lit, Edina and Patsy will end up running for glory inside the Olympic stadium and crash a reception for the likes of Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Stella McCartney.

As unmissable as the Olympic 100m final, but longer and funnier.

9:30pm Thursday, January 19 on TV One

The outrageous, but undeniably fabulous, ladies are back in the limelight for all-new episodes, marking 20 years since they first took the world by storm.

Twenty years ago the world was introduced to Edina, Patsy, Saffron, Bubble and Mother. It has never been quite the same again.

Eddy worked in PR, and PR’d things. Into every new fad and fashion imaginable, she and best friend Patsy were often found to be at the bottom of a champagne glass, or more likely, bottle – and not much has changed. Long-suffering Saffy was hardworking and the grownup of the house, all but ignored by her mother and hated by Patsy.

Now, returning to the small screen to mark this special anniversary, we see a life changing experience for one character… which invariably affects all the others.

Patsy is forced to find out how old she actually is, and discovers her birth certificate. Eddy also sets her sights on changing the career of a very big fish indeed, taking over the Royal Albert Hall.

Twenty years on, the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser – but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous.

Ab Fab movie in the works

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Former boxer Mike Tyson and Jackass’s Steve-O have been confirmed to be among the roasters for the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen. The roast will be hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Ab Fab returning for specials

The BBC has confirmed the return of Absolutely Fabulous for three 30-minute specials to mark the show’s 20th anniversary. Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders will reprise the roles they played between 1992 and 2004.

Gervais offered Golden Globes gig again

Ricky Gervais says he has been offered the hosting gig at the Golden Globes for the third time despite his controversial effort earlier this year.

10:10pm Friday, August 5 on TV One

Break out the Bollie, sweetie and prepare for an outrageous slide into the weekend as Edina and Patsy return in the very first series of this iconic Brit-com!

Edina – God’s gift to the fashion world and the Devil’s gift to motherhood – is back in all her glory as she tries to combine motherhood, her professional life, her concerns about environmental issues and her spiritual development.

She and her sex-mad friend Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are still into drink, drugs and partying, while her stuffy student daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha) swots and keeps house.

Other hilarious characters include Edina’s scatty secretary Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Mother (June Whitfield), and Patsy’s editor Magda (Kathy Burke).

Guest stars include Naomi Campbell, Helena Bonham Carter and Britt Ekland.

Tonight, in episode one: Fashion

How should Edina and Patsy prepare for their latest celebrity fashion show? How about starting with a small glass of wine, or two?

For writing and starring in Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer Saunders has received a Writer’s Guild Award, a Women in Film and TV Special Award, and the Institute of Public Relations Special Award. Joanna Lumley won a BAFTA and two British Comedy Awards and Julia Sawalha won an RTS award.

Every Sunday from 7pm – 9pm starting 19th June

Ahhh Britain, a place where you can eat a crumpet for any meal and feel comfortable with your crooked teeth. It’s also a place that seems to churn out fantastic comedy and therefore Comedy Central is bringing you the ‘British Block’ every Sunday evening to neatly tie up the weekend and keep you chuckling right up until you step foot into work on Monday. We’re nice like that.

7:00pm – Absolutely Fabulous

7:30pm – Are You Being Served

8:00pm – Yes Minister

9:30pm – Time Gentlemen Please

 

Righty ho chaps, we’ll see you there from Sunday 19th June @ 7pm

Summer Nights Of Comedy: Absolutely Fabulous

UKTV – Weeknights from Monday 3 December, 8.00pm

With awards in double figures, including two International Emmys, celebrities lining up to appear in the show, devoted viewers all over the world, broadcasters besieged by demands for repeats, Absolutely Fabulous is a phenomenon. Edina runs a fashion agency, wears designer clothes, and lives the life of a jetsetter. Her friend Patsy smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like a dream. Life would be one long party if only Edina’s boring daughter Saffy would stop complaining and start joining in. As the series move along, the outfits get gaudier, Patsy’s smoking gets heavier, and the pair’s exploits have sucked in glamorous and famous celebrities who, frankly, should know better.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders (French and Saunders) and Joanna Lumley (Sensitive Skin).

“Utterly original, utterly hilarious… one of the best television comedies ever made.” New York Post

Interior design – send for the regression therapist!

Eddy has been bitten by the home makeover bug, and wants to redecorate the kitchen. Naturally, she calls on her interior designer friends, Bettina and Max, for advice on the new look.

But despite all their suggestions, Eddy just can’t decide on the perfect design. After a failed attempt to use Saffy’s daughter as her divining rod to see which colours she veers towards, she hits upon the idea that regression therapy is the answer. She is sure she has seen what she wants somewhere – perhaps it was in a past life.

Meanwhile, Mother is looking after the baby amid all the chaos, Saffy (“the little hairy Hobbit”) is doing her best to get Patsy to move out, and Bubble continues to sneer at anyone less posh than her.