Ab Fab: A minute with June Whitfield and Joanna Lumley

Friday 23 December 2011, 09:29

Fiona Wickham Fiona Wickham Editor, TV blog

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Twenty years after the first broadcast, Absolutely Fabulous is back on BBC One on Christmas Day - in the first of three 30-minute special episodes.

June Whitfield and Joanna Lumley had a brief moment to answer some questions about the new series, written by and starring Jennifer Saunders.

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Edina and Patsy go shopping

What was the funniest moment in making the specials - on or off camera?
June: Just watching Jennifer, Joanna, Jane and Julia and the studio audience reaction - tremendous.
Joanna: Watching the others inhabiting their characters. Julia is as bad at corpsing as ever.

Jennifer is said to be generous about including new script suggestions during shooting. Did you suggest any lines to be added to the script?
Joanna: We all suggest things; Jennifer selects what she wants or leaves things at the wayside.
June: I added only one small one: "Nothing for the car boot sale then."

Are you going to watch the show like the rest of us on Christmas evening?
June: Depending on what my family is doing - I have already seen it at a special screening for the cast and crew. I fell about laughing and I hope the viewers will feel the same.
Joanna: I am longing to see them all. I'm in a play at the moment so I missed the screening and will only get to watch the shows when they go out on television.

June Whitfield plays Mother and Joanna Lumley plays Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous.

Absolutely Fabulous returns on Sunday, 25 December at 10pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. The second episode is on Sunday, 1 January 2012 at 9.40pm.

The third special episode will be aired in summer 2012 - date to be announced next year.

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    Comment number 1.

    I always thought there was some inverse propotion between the amount of canned laughter and the humour contained within a show. I now know this to be true. The Christmas Absolutely Fabulous is by far the least funny comedy show I have ever seen. For the first time in my life I start to question what the BBC are spending the Licence Fee on.

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    Comment number 3.

    For advocates of this award winning show I can only welcome it back with admiration and delight. The "old" cast, the humour, the writing was to coin a cliché, Absolutely Fabulous.

    Well done BBC for a breath of fresh air, no depressing Christmas scenes as we've come to know from the likes of EastEnders. Just laughter and madness from the Ad Fab team.

    Any news on the date for the third episode planned for the summer?

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    Comment number 4.

    I liked this! I also absolutely love June Whitfield. If I can be as vibrant as she is at her age... correction, even at my current age!... I will be a happy person. My hero.

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    Comment number 5.

    I was delighted to see the long overdue return of Bubbles to Ab Fab. By far, the funniest character ever played for comedy and the missing sparkle in recent years which I believe helped to make the show such a profound success in the early years. Thank you Jane!


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