The Gam­blers

Is Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: the Movie a sure bet?

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e’ve been asked for years,” says Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous star Joanna Lum­ley, “when are you go­ing to do a film?”

since end­ing its ini­tial run on bbc One in 1995, Jen­nifer saun­ders’ much-gar­landed sit­com has had more come­backs than a Frankie boyle gig. a two-part spe­cial, The Last Shout, fol­lowed rel­a­tively quickly in 1996, there were two more series five years later, as well as three more spe­cials in­clud­ing a Comic Re­lief skit, then a six-year break, and fi­nally four more spe­cials for the show’s 20th an­niver­sary in 2012. af­ter that, a film seemed the next log­i­cal step, but it only hap­pened when saun­ders — who cre­ated the show, wrote it and starred in it as PR from hell ed­ina ‘eddie’ Mon­soon — an­nounced in 2014 she was writ­ing it. and now Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie is al­most here.

“a lot of peo­ple were mak­ing films out of Tv shows,” says saun­ders, pre­sum­ably re­fer­ring to Alan Par­tridge: Al­pha Papa and the In­be­tween­ers movies. “so it seemed pos­si­ble. and it was ac­tu­ally in­ter­est­ing, be­cause I’d never writ­ten a plot be­fore. In a film, some­thing has to hap­pen over 90 min­utes. You have to build a plot and all that other stuff. It’s very dif­fi­cult!”

That plot sees eddie and her co­hort, Lum­ley’s futzed-up fash­ion­ista Patsy, on the run in France fol­low­ing a mishap in­volv­ing kate Moss. but the ex­cite­ment here will surely stem from the cav­al­cade of cameos (Jon Hamm! Cara delev­ingne! Gra­ham nor­ton!), and see­ing eddie and Patsy, as un­apolo­get­i­cally de­bauched as ever, older but by no means wiser. also, if all goes well, the ques­tion posed to Lum­ley and saun­ders might be­come, “When are you go­ing to do a se­quel?”

“The truth is, we can go on be­ing Patsy and eddie for as long as we need to,” says Lum­ley. “We could do Ladies In The Van!” laughs saun­ders. “I could live in the house with Patsy liv­ing in the van, just ask­ing to come in to use the toi­let.” sold. OLLY RICHARDS

Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: the Movie is out

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