BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous is to celebrate its 20th anniversary with three specials – including a story based around the London 2012 Olympics.

The 3 x 30-minute run will see Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprise their roles as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone alongside original cast members Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks.

It will air on BBC1 later this year.

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BBC America and MTV-owned cable network Logo have signed on as joint US co-producers, with BBC Worldwide owning global distribution rights to the new specials.

Picking up in the present day, ‘Eddy’ still works in PR while best friend Patsy still lives the high life.

The first episode centres on a “life-changing experience” for one of the ensemble while the second has Edina aiming to change the careers of a “very big fish”.

The concluding instalment features the two friends playing their own “special part” in the London 2012 Olympics.

Saunders said: “It’s great that we are able to celebrate our 20th birthday with all the original cast. Like a good bottle of champagne we hope that we have got better with time without losing any of our sparkle.

“Last week when we started filming in dear old West London, it was as if nothing had changed. 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.”

Produced in-house by BBC Comedy, it has been written by Saunders.

Director is Mandy Fletcher, producer is Justin Davies and executive producer is Jon Plowman, who produced the original series.

The original pilot for Absolutely Fabulous was made in 1991 and ran for three series and a two-part special up to 1996.

It returned for two more series and another two specials between 2001 and 2004, with a Comic Relief edition on BBC1 in 2005.