"Ab Fab" is back, again
- Blog Post by: James Lileks
- October 3, 2011 - 4:21 PM
English Vogue, Italian Vogue, Bloody Aby-bloody-synian bloody vogue: EW has some news.
Ab Fab is back, darlings! As EW reported back in August, the cult British series is returning early next year on BBC America and Logo with a trio of new specials. But you don’t have to wait that long to reunite with the boozy Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders): EW has the exclusive first look at how the fabulous duo are holding up in the new specials, which marks the first time they’ve reunited since the BBC America comedy Clatterford in 2006.
They look well-maintained, if you don’t wish to click. It’s been 17 years since the show hit the States. How does it hold up? Matter of opinion, probably, but it was best early on. In 1994 it was different than anything else, mainly because the characters did things no one else did: they drank to excess in the afternoon, smoked like fiends, and wafted through life without consequence or accomplishment. Few shows have ever looked at their characters with such unsympathetic eyes. At some point, though, it just got a bit much. Patsy was always amusing, but she’s a one-note character. No slam on Lumley; she’s great. But Edina became insufferable. She’s a failure as a person on almost every level, boundlessly selfish and infantile and self-pitying. As soon as the show started to treat them with affection, it went downhill.
Or so I remember. All the clipson YouTube seem to be fan compilations. This one’s official. Back to the 90s we go:
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