While the return of Absolutly Fabulous onto the big screen was most assuredly welcome, it seems that the Ab Fab film was the last hoorah for Patsy and Eddy.
Jennifer Saunders discussed this frankly with the Daily Mail, touching on how much the world has changed in the 20 years Absolutely Fabulous was off our screens.
She said: “‘The internet wasn’t even going, most people didn’t have mobile phones, let alone social media. Everything has caught up and gone past them. Edina and Patsy are dinosaurs in that world. We had to show that in the movie. They still think they’re 39 but their bodies are gradually cracking up and there is the realisation that they don’t have the pull they used to.”
The Absolutely Fabulous film has been a roaring success, as it has made roughly £30 million at the box office and cost about £10 million to make. Unsurprisingly, this has led to questions if there’s anything else in store for Patsy and Eddy. But it seems that the party is finally over.
“I’m not doing anything more with Ab Fab. That’s it. That. Is. It. I can’t see the point of doing anything else with it, really. It just takes so long. There’s lots of other stuff I’d like to do. Plus I’d like to spend time with my grandchildren. So, if I did Ab Fab as well that would just stop me doing anything new, or thinking of any other ideas or having a different job or whatever.”
Given that the show has had several comebacks over the years, despite this firm admonition from Jennifer, the question still lingers if the show could return in five more years.
“What? Ha! If someone suggested Ab Fab: The Musical? We’d be so old. This is like taking geriatrics out now. I don’t know how long I can say to Julia, ‘Can you come back and would you wear those awful clothes again?’ She’s a go-getting, glamorous actress, you know!”
When speaking more generally on the huge success of the Ab Fab film, Jennifer said: “It was just a sort of crazy celebration of people who had been in Ab Fab and people who wanted to be in Ab Fab. I set out with the idea that the film was for the fans: there are loads of lines and little references for people who love the show. I can’t imagine how it clicks with someone who has never seen the show. It must have done though, because it did quite well.”
The full interview is rather lengthy and covers a range of topics, so check it out here.