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Break open the Bolly! Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone may be returning for another season of Absolutely Fabulous, according to Playbill. Actress Joanna Lumley, who portrayed the eternal party girl Patsy, says she has been in touch with Jennifer Saunders, who cocreated the series and starred as publicity maven Edina, about reviving the sitcom, which has a devoted cult following, especially among gay men.

"I've heard talk, too," Lumley says. "Jon Plowman, who's the executive producer, wrote to Jennifer, and Jen wrote to me before I left [England] and said, 'Let's talk through it. What do you think?' And I said, 'Bring it on.' Because we're all still here. Mother's still alive -- the wonderful June Whitfield. Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks -- the basic five J's -- all our names began with J. We're all still alive and available -- ish -- to do it, and I think we just have to do it. And the great thing is that because in our show, we fast-forwarded to where they're very old and nearly dead and practically plugged into vodka machines and things. It doesn't matter how beyond [the original series] we do it because we know they've been that, that they still were Patsy and Edina at the time. So this makes it heaven!"

Lumley is currently starring on Broadway opposite David Hyde Pierce in La Bete. Saunders has spent the past year undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

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