In her BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer Saunders was never slow to rope in famous chums to add an in-jokey authenticity to her portrait of the fag-end of the high life. The forthcoming movie version promises to be a similar model of celebrity democracy, with a cast that runs from A-list to Z-list. Where else would you find Kate Moss rubbing shoulders with Judith Chalmers? Or Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe cosying up to Christopher Biggins? If a bomb had dropped on set, it would have been goodbye to Hello! magazine. Heat might have frozen over.
No big-budget comedy is complete until the producers have milked their contacts book dry for star cameos. Overkill was part of the gag in the third Austin Powers film (Tom Cruise,