A new travel show is set to air on the ABC next month, hosted by none other than Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders – a.k.a Patsy and Eddy from Absolutely Fabulous.
And in a case of perfect pairing, they’ll be finding out how their favourite fizz is made, heading to (where else?) the Champagne region of France. Absolument fabuleux.
The comic legends shared countless bottles of bubbles in Ab Fab and are set to pop a few more corks in Joanna And Jennifer: Absolutely Champers. They'll knock on cellar doors (handles from NYC optional) in some of the region's most beautiful vineyards as they celebrate Champagne and a 25-year friendship borne from a true comedy classic.
So at 7.30pm local on April 2 (also known as Easter Monday this year), turn on the telly to the ABC, pour a glass of champers and enjoy a gorgeous trip to France with two old friends. And in the meantime, relive some Ab Fab comedy gold with these great quotes.
Patsy: “What will you drink if you stop drinking?”
Eddy: “I shall drink water.”
Patsy: (Blank look)
Eddy: “It's a mixer, Patsy, we have it with whisky.”
Patsy: “Darling, if you want to talk bollocks and discover the meaning of life, you’re better off downing a bottle of whisky. At least that way, you’re unconscious by the time you start to take yourself seriously.”
Patsy: “The last mosquito that bit me had to check into the Betty Ford clinic.”
Patsy: “Ey, Eddy, Eddy, remember that weekend with Mick and the boys? (laughs) Fantastic!”
Eddy: “Fabulous days, darling.” (To Saffy) “Patsy used to go out with Keith Moon, sweetie.”
Patsy: “Yeah, sort of. I mean, I woke up underneath him in a hotel bedroom once.”
Eddy:“Yeah, still … That was going steady for the '60s, believe me.”
Eddy: “Right, time for another little drinky before we go.”
Saffy: “Where are you going?”
Eddy: “New York.”
Saffy: “I didn't think they let people with drug convictions in.”
Edina: “Darling, it's not a conviction.”
Patsy: “Just a firm belief!”
Eddy: “I haven’t got any real hormones left, darling. I’m just held together with gels, pills and suppositories.”
Eddy: “All my clothes have stretch marks, darling.”
Eddy: “In this body there is a thin person dying to get out.”
Gran: “Just the one, dear?”
Patsy: ‘She was so anally retentive she couldn’t sit down for fear of sucking up the furniture.’
Eddy (to Saffy): “Why does everything you wear look like it’s bearing a grudge? You’ve got a wardrobe full of little murderers.”
Eddy (on fitness): “Couple of weeks, I’ll be bendy like Madonna, darling. Then I’ll be able to kiss my own arse from both directions.”
Saffy (about Eddy's clothes she is throwing out): “I could take these down to the charity shop.”
Eddy (spluttering): “You cannot give these sort of clothes to the poor! Darling, I'm sure they've got enough to contend with without the added humiliation of wearing last season's, sweetie!”