If you were a person of cognition in the nineties, or ever a fan of snarky, tongue-in-cheek British television, chances are you’re a fan of Absolutely Fabulous. The show, which aired from November 1992 until May 1995, was about a far-from-traditional relationship between mother and daughter.
“Absolutely Fabulous evolved from a French & Saunders sketch called “Modern Mother and Daughter” (from series 3 episode 6), which starred Saunders as the mother (named ‘Adrianna’) and French as the daughter, already named Saffron. The sketch revolved around a middle-aged, single mother who acted like a teenager, and was reliant upon the emotional and financial support of her teenage daughter, who behaved like a middle-aged woman.” Cites the Internet Movie Database. Before America fell in love with Rory and Loralai Gilmore of the Gilmore Girls, the United Kingdom was heralding the praises of Adrianna and Saffron in the quirky, edgy show.
Though the show officially aired it’s last episode on May 4th, 1995, it has far from faded into the shadows. In 1996, the season finale aired as a two-part movie entitled The Last Shout, which was broadcast in entirety on the BBC. Saunders, who created the show, was scheduled to revive the series for a fourth season in 2001 due to the immense popularity of the characters. From 2001 to 2004, two full-season series were produced, along with three hour-long season specials. However since then, Absolutely Fabulous (or ‘Ab Fab’, as it is known by millions of fans) has seen little airtime. Which is why the pop culture world went wild when Saunders announced on the UK television show This Morning that she would be picking up the pen to write the much-awaited film component to the beloved show.
“There isn’t [a movie] but there will be,” the British comedian recently told UK chat show This Morning’. “I’m close to picking up a pen, that’ how close it is.” Many are taking it as a sign of proof and authority that Saunders reposted a fan-made movie poster showing Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as debuting in 2015 on her Twitter page. While the poster was a hoax, the plans for the film’s creation are not. You may see the interview with the comedienne here.
Her co-star Joanna Lumley confirmed the Ab Fab movie, but says she has to pressure Saunders to get to writing the script: “I think with a little bit of not-too-painful pressure, a little bit of vice-like grip…it’ll happen.” Saunders’ co-workers agree with Lumley, stating that the comedienne is a dreamer, but has always worked exceptionally well with deadlines. In NewNowNext, Dan Avery writes: “An AbFab movie has long been talked about, but Lumley told TV personality Jonathan Ross that “Jennifer tends to work to deadlines, so we’ve got to create a deadline and then get her there.”
Many fans are concerned with the show’s new direction, wondering how the witty banter that made the characters so famous will play out in today’s political climate. Jezebel asks readers, “Where do you think Eddie, Saffron, Patsy, Mother and Bubble are now? Couldn’t you see Saffy working on alternative energy solutions and writing a blog about living with zero trash and a negative carbon footprint?” One thing is for sure: Absolutely Fabulous, which was one of the first wildly popular British television shows ever created that was produced, directed, and written by an all-female crew, remains relevant, promising fans to continue to deliver on the edgy deluge of topics in the same spirit as the original show.
Saunders, who has received massive media attention due to her struggle with cancer, appears to be keeping herself exceptionally busy with plans to release the Ab Fab movie as soon as next summer, and with promoting and touring her new book. The book, which is titled Bonkers: My Life in Laughs was released in October 2013 by Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group Publishing. Similarly, co-star Joanna Lumley has been keeping busy hyping up the much-rumored movie, while saying as little as possible. From her interview with the UK magazine The Mirror: “Asked whether she could reveal a snippet of a hint about the plot, the actress remained tight-lipped, saying: “No, I can’t. I can’t, it would be so wrong. And then she’d go back into this camel state she sometimes lives in. I don’t mean literally, what I mean is she goes into this sphinx area where she just won’t speak again…So I won’t tell you anything about it. But I think it’s always time to goad her along by saying, ‘Yes, we will do it. Yes, it’s going to be written, and it’s going to be fabulous.’”