Jen wanted Ab Fab on a slab

Lum­ley on Saunders’ kill-off plan

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY JANINE YAQOOB TV Edi­tor [email protected]­ror.co.uk

JENNIFER Saunders wanted an ab­so­lutely ca­dav­er­ous end­ing for her creations Patsy and Ed­die, Joanna Lum­ley has re­vealed.

Joanna, 72, who played Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous fash­ion edi­tor Patsy Stone, said she quickly talked Saunders out of killing off the much-loved char­ac­ters.

It means Patsy and PR guru Ed­ina Mon­soon could still po­ten­tially re­turn to our screens.

She re­called: “Jennifer said, ‘Shall we just kill them off and bury them?’ – I never fired off an email so quick in my life. I said, ‘No, we promised the world we will never die. We can’t die, Patsy and Ed­die – we can’t die.”

Heap­ing praise on her char­ac­ter in the hit sit­com, Joanna said: “I re­ally love Patsy. She’s like the Road Run­ner, like Wile E Coy­ote.

“When­ever she’s smacked down or ev­ery­thing had gone wrong she’d spring up again with a nice hairdo and Betty Jack­son clothes. I adored her. She is gen­der fluid.”

Whether or not Patsy makes a come­back, Joanna says she has no plans to re­tire from act­ing – even if it means only get­ting small roles.

She told the BFI & Ra­dio Times Tele­vi­sion Fes­ti­val: “I could never give up. If I was wait­ing for a very good part I’d be dead in the wa­ter. I get of­fered small parts, mad aunts, which is not sur­pris­ing. So I hang on just in case they say, ‘Judi Dench? No, let’s go for Joanna Lum­ley.”

RE­PRIEVE Jennifer and Joanna as Ed­ina & Patsy

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