Comedy duo Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley brought a touch of champagne glamour to the red carpet last night at the European premiere of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

They were joined by other Ab Fab favourites including Julia Sawalha (best known as Saffy), June Whitfield, and charismatic Bubble, played by Jane Horrocks, at London’s Leicester Square.

The big screen version of the popular TV series sees Eddy (Saunders) and Patsy (Lumley) embroiled in a PR nightmare after accidentally “killing off Kate Moss”.

Eddy is in the PR doldrums. Her client list has thinned and she continues to clash with her strait-laced daughter Saffy, who has a 13-year-old daughter called Lola (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness).

Thankfully, best friend Patsy is still in the media eye and her magazine is sponsoring the lavish Huki Muki Retrospective launch party. Supermodel Kate Moss, who is currently between PRs, is due to attend and Edina vows to woo the English rose and land her before arch rival Claudia Bing of Bing, Bing, Bing & Bing.

This hare-brained scheme goes tragically awry and the fashion world points the finger of blame for Kate Moss’ death at Eddy and Patsy. Eddy’s trusty secretary Bubble vanishes so the despondent duo are forced to go on the run.

A still taken from the new movie of Jennifer Saunders and Graham Norton
A still taken from the new movie of Jennifer Saunders and Graham Norton

They head for the Cote d’Azur, where they intend to salve their woes by snagging wealthy husbands. Unfortunately, Edina’s mother is also in the south of France to celebrate the birthday of her well-to-do sister, Violet.

The film sees stars like Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson, and Spice Girl Emma Bunton all making cameos.

Lumley revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch had declined a cameo. “Although Benedict Cumberbatch, it turns out, is busy for the next five-and-a-half years. What is it with actors?

“We are offering tiny, tiny, tiny roles that will take up minuscule amounts of time and it’s, ‘Oh no, sorry, I’m busy doing films,’ or, ‘So sorry, I am going round the world with all my actor friends for the next two years,’ or a simple, ‘I’m dead’.”

  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie opens in Irish cinemas tomorrow

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