Monday, January 9, 2012

Just watched...

..the return of Edi and Patsy on "Absolutely Fabulous."

Can it really have been twenty years since we first saw the chaotic, hilarious mess that is Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley)? And can they be back in the here and now as though they never left? YES! Saunders is an absolutely brilliant comedienne and writer (witness her work with Dawn French, "Mirrorball" starring the cast of "Ab Fab," "The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle," as well as the marvelous "Clatterford" or "Jam and Jerusalem" as it was billed in the UK), and we are so lucky to have her continue the adventures of the Ab Fab gang.

The episode started with the same style, sensibility, and humor. After picking up her daughter from a two-year stint in prison (Saffy in PRISON?), we get treated to the spectacle of Edi, Patsy, and Bubble (the equally brilliant Jane Horrocks) trying to get Saffron up to speed concerning pop culture with a much-needed skewering of the plague of Kardahsians, and an hilarious description of the royal wedding!

Last night was the first episode of several new "Ab Fab"s that will be airing here in the States on BBC America over the next many months. I am sure this episode will be shown in re-runs, so check your local listings. And get ready for new ones!

Welcome back, gals!

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