Absolutely Fabulous 20th anniversary specials

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This Christmas and New Year sees the return of Absolutely Fabulous, with two new episodes. Jennifer Saunders (Edina Monsoon) filmed with the rest of the original cast in August to mark the show’s 20th anniversary.

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Julia Sawlha (Saffy Monsoon), Joanna Lumley (Patsy), June Whitfield (Mother) and Jane Horrocks (Bubble) all return to the show, which is centered on the world of PR.

The audacious antics of Edina and Patsy epitomised Nineties excess and continued on and off till 2004. This Christmas’s two episodes will be shown on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with a third show for 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.

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Episode one, entitled ‘Identity’, sees a homecoming in the Monsoon household with a not-necessarily-welcome best friend in tow.

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Absolutely Fabulous Christmas Day 10.00pm and New Year’s Day 9.40pm, BBC One

Comments (2)

Jesse said:

I just wanted to say that Me and my Wife are BIG fans of everything from French and Saunders. Are favorite has always been The Vicar of Dibley. We seriously watch it every night. Our fav episode is the Christmas Lunch episode. I just wanted to thank you sooooo much for making a new AB FAB episode!!! By the way Jennifer, You looked great! Please keep making more episodes!!! Your our only source of entertainment here in the USA. American T.V. REALLY SUCKS!!! You guys are BRILLIANT!!! Keep up the great work!!! We'll keep an eye out for future episodes.
From all the way in
Colorado, USA

If looking for fashion industry news between adfab episodes, one source of is https://facebook.com/planB4fashion

I've just typed an example there and thought it strange enough - if not haha funny by itself - to cut and paste here with a few spelling errors fixed.....

How to make 2000% return on investment for UK taxpayers (not).

(1a) Measure column inches of coverage, calculate the top-whack price of those inches as paid for advertising, and multiply by three.
Why? I don't know, but that's what they count as a benefit to taxpayers. Usually, advertisers managed to get a lot knocked-off the asking price of advertising as there is a recession and a shrinking market for print media. Sales people off a discount almost straight away in the sales call. Sometimes they can hardly give it away and magazines close.

(1b) Deduct zero for other things knocked-off the fashion pages by this coverage, such as products made in the UK.

(2a) Measure commitments to buy, which could be exaggerated to justify subsidy. I mean: if you get a free plane ticket to visit London, you'll sign the dotted line to say you vaguely possibly want to buy something. I've done it just because it seemed embarrassing not to, even without a subsidy, and then cancelled because the seller wasn't able to back-up the claims made at their stall; they seemed to be selling ordinary shoes from a wholesaler and marking them up as "fair trade".

(2b) Deduct zero for loss of sales by other UK suppliers. UK suppliers have high costs, and so can't afford the advertising and the markups for distributors that Chinese-made brands can afford, so this is a big lost chance for UK manufacturing.

(2c) Deduct zero for sales of products that have nothing to do with the UK economy, but happen to be sold at a stall in London. I guess this is the majority, as there is no advertised vetting of stall holders to find out whether they get their stuff made in the UK.

(2d) To justify 2c, write a bogus report about how the real money flows-through to UK taxpayers via advertising and media activity. It's called "The Value of Fashion" commissioned from Oxford Economics by the people who benefit from its conclusions.

(2e) Deduct zero for cancelled orders, or undelivered orders (stall holders do not have to be referred by factories; they can discover supply problems after taking an order, such as lack of a factory willing to work with them).

(2d) Deduct zero for bad debts as these are often financed by the UK taxpayer through the export credit guarantee scheme, so that's OK. Buyers and sellers know this, by the way, at the show. A Times report calls the bad debt level "surprisingly high".

2000% return on investment for UK taxpayers (not).


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