Jennifer Saunders: ‘I’ve finished draft script for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

Saunders says she wants to shoot the 'Ab Fab' movie this year

Jennifer Saunders has confirmed that she has finished the first draft of the script for her Absolutely Fabulous movie – and says she wants to make the film this year.

Saunders also revealed that the film is titled Edina and Patsy after the two main characters from the TV series, her own Edina and Joanna Lumley’s Patsy. Julia Sawalha’s Saffy and June Whitfield’s (as Edina’s mother) will also return for the film, Saunders confirmed.

“I’ve finished the first draft. I’m feeling euphoric. My proper New Year’s resolution is to do the film, otherwise it’ll be a pointless year of procrastination,” Saunders told the Sunday People.

Created and written by Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous debuted on BBC One in 1992 and has now followed the glamorously boozy exploits of PR guru Edina Monsoon and magazine editor Patsy Stone for 39 episodes. The show last returned for a series of three specials airing on Christmas Day 2011, New Year’s Day 2012 and July 23, 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.

Over the years the show has attracted numerous guest stars from the world of music, with Debbie Harry, Elton John, La Roux’s Elly Jackson, Marianne Faithfull and Rufus Wainwright all popping up for cameo appearances.