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'AbFab': The British are coming -- again

Ladies, raise your champagne glasses (or perhaps the entire bottles): "AbFab" is on its way back. Three new specials will mark the 20th anniversary of the pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in the hit Britcom "Absolutely Fabulous," according to BBC America, which has signed on, along with cable's Logo channel, as an American co-producer with BBC Worldwide. No airdates yet, but in April, the Guardian reported that work on the specials was expected to begin later this year and quoted a Hello! magazine report in which Lumley said she expected to begin shooting in late August -- even though Saunders, who writes the series, hadn't yet begun work on the scripts. Here's what Saunders had to say in the statement BBC America released today: "We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our 20th birthday with all of the original cast. We hope that, like a good bottle of champagne, we have grown better with age but lost none of our sparkle. Viewers in the U.S. have been very kind to the show over the years and we are very happy to return on not one but two U.S. channels at once, BBC America and Logo. We fully intend to party like it's 1991. When we started filming in West London, it was like time had stood still. It was raining. Nevertheless, we are so happy to be working for an audience that has grown just a tiny bit older, like us, but is still willing to let us fall over on TV in the name of PR."

'AbFab': The British are coming -- again

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Saunders and Lumley: Together again

Ladies, raise your champagne glasses (or perhaps the entire bottles): "AbFab" is on its way back.

Three new specials will mark the 20th anniversary of the pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in the hit Britcom "Absolutely Fabulous," according to BBC America, which has signed on, along with cable's Logo channel, as an American co-producer with BBC Worldwide.

No airdates yet, but in April, the Guardian reported that work on the specials was expected to begin later this year and quoted a Hello! magazine report in which Lumley said she expected to begin shooting in late August -- even though Saunders, who writes the series, hadn't yet begun work on the scripts.

Here's what Saunders had to say in the statement BBC America released today:

"We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our 20th birthday with all of the original cast. We hope that, like a good bottle of champagne, we have grown better with age but lost none of our sparkle. Viewers in the U.S. have been very kind to the show over the years and we are very happy to return on not one but two U.S. channels at once, BBC America and Logo. We fully intend to party like it’s 1991. When we started filming in West London, it was like time had stood still. It was raining. Nevertheless, we are so happy to be working for an audience that has grown just a tiny bit older, like us, but is still willing to let us fall over on TV in the name of PR."

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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