Absolutely Fabulous will return to TV screens in three new episodes, the BBC confirmed today.

The comedy series will celebrate its 20th anniversary with three 30-minute specials.

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will reprise their roles as Edina and Patsy, and will be joined by other original cast members.

Julia Sawalha will return to the role of Edina's daughter Saffy and June Whitfield will return as her mother.

The show aired from 1992 to 2003, with a special in 2004, and the new specials will pick up in the present day.

In the first episode, a life-changing experience for one character will affect them all, the BBC said. In the second show, Eddy sets her sights on changing someone's career, and in the third episode Eddy and Patsy play their own part in the London Olympics 2012.

Saunders said of the news: “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."