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Absolutely Fabulous The Movie London Premiere

Jennifer Saunders has described the Absolutely Fabulous movie premiere in London’s Leicester Square as being beyond her “wildest dreams”.

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Saunders, who reprises the role of Eddy in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, was joined on the gold carpet by her great friend Joanna Lumley, who returns as Patsy of course.

Asked whether she could have envisaged such an occasion when the sitcom first hit TV screens, she said: “Not in my wildest dreams.

“I imagined we would probably have both retired by now. It’s wonderful.”

Lumley added: “Particularly in these rather dark times, to suddenly be able to escape into this Absolutely Fabulous world of glamour and ridiculous things, and funny(ness), and jeopardy, and danger, and bad behaviour, is all rather good.” They were joined by favourites from the show including June Whitfield, Julia Sawalha and Jane Horrocks. 

Sawalha, who plays Eddie’s daughter Saffy, admitted to being apprehensive about joining the cast of the film. 

“There are always doubts and I think that’s healthy,” she said. “I didn’t know if I wanted to reprise Saffy again because when you play a character for so long you think you want to move on. 

“But I love Jennifer so much and when we come together to do a workshop and you laugh all day, you think ‘why would I want to do anything else?”

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie sees best friends Eddy and Patsy embroiled in a PR nightmare after accidentally “killing off Kate Moss”.

An incident at a fashion party attended by famous faces, including Jon Hamm and Stella McCartney, sees them push the supermodel into the River Thames.

The pair is forced to flee to the French Riviera to escape the media storm.

The film features approximately 60 cameos, including Rebel Wilson, Spice Girl Emma Bunton, Jean-Paul Gaultier and, Kate Moss. 

Saunders wrote the film after a bet with close friend Dawn French, who said she would never do it.

The original TV series ran from 1992 to 1995 but Saunders insists that the movie adaptation will be relevant to a younger audience. 

“They will definitely get it because it’s about them,” she says.

“It’s about them and the age they are now. It’s not stuck in the 90s.” The Movie opens July 1.

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