PC brigade killed Ab Fab re­vival, dar­ling

Sunday Express - - NEWS - By Lynne Greaves

HIT com­edy Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous could never be re­vived be­cause “peo­ple are so po­lit­i­cally cor­rect now”, its writer says.

Jen­nifer Saun­ders, 58, who also played fash­ion PR Ed­ina Mon­soon in the sit­com, was speak­ing at the BBC World­wide Show­case to cel­e­brate 25 years since the TV se­ries’ launch.

Saun­ders and her co-star Joanna Lum­ley, 70, known for play­ing Ed­ina’s side­kick Patsy Stone, ruled out the show re­turn­ing to screens again, af­ter it ran for 10 years from 1992.

The cham­pagne-swig­ging, chain-smok­ing duo de­lighted fans last year on the big screen with Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie, but Saun­ders said that was their swan­song. “I think it’s a very happy re­solve,” she said. Lum­ley agreed, say­ing it was best to “leave it where it is”, adding: “Also the world’s a bit funny now, it’s gone a bit strange, a bit harder to par­ody.”

Saun­ders added: “Peo­ple are so po­lit­i­cally cor­rect now, we couldn’t get away with any­thing, you can’t even get away with a po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect char­ac­ter, be­cause that is seen as be­ing po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect. Ev­ery­one’s down on ev­ery­one for every­thing.”

Saun­ders said that go­ing back to watch old episodes is a “joy” – be­cause she has for­got­ten so much of the char­ac­ters’ on-screen an­tics. “There’s so much I’ve for­got­ten, some of them come as a com­plete sur­prise,” she smiled.

She added that she thinks the ap­peal of Ab Fab has lasted be­cause it is not stuck in time, and also partly be­cause Ed­ina and Patsy are great hen party fancy dress op­tions, giv­ing peo­ple a chance to free them­selves.

She said: “Peo­ple en­joy the fact that Ed­ina and Patsy don’t care – and it gives them a chance to not care.”

Lum­ley added: “The thing is, it’s high satire, and it’s just very funny and I think one thing I love the hu­man race for is its sense of hu­mour.”

SCANDALOUS: Saun­ders and Lum­ley in the se­ries

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