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Kath and Kim working on new material

KATH and Kim will be back, says creator and star Jane Turner, but she doesn't know when or in what form.

Turner and Gina Riley, the creative forces behind the hit show, have taken a break since the fourth series aired on the Seven Network in late 2007.

Riley has appeared onstage as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago, while Turner has recently returned from visiting Dadaab refugee camp on Kenya's northern border with Somalia with Australia for UNHCR.

But Turner and Riley are now busy writing again for their much-loved characters.

"We've laid low for a couple of years. I've been trying to live down Kath. I can't live her down so she's just come back," Turner told AAP.

"We've been writing a few things and we've sort of got Kath and Kim stuff we're going to do - not sure if it's going to be a series or some other form, a stage musical, I don't know.

"We love doing them so we'll find a spot for them somewhere hopefully again."

Kath and Kim premiered on the ABC in 2002, with three more series following.

Turner said it was important for them to recharge the batteries before diving back into the comedy writing.

"It was a big long haul doing Kath and Kim and I really wanted to have a big break and do other things," she said.

"So we're busy writing, which is great. That's the part I love the most."

Since the final series aired co-star Magda Szubanski, who plays sports-obsessed Sharon Strzelecki, is a shadow of her former self, having lost 36kg.

Turner joked they wouldn't accept a skinny Sharon.

"Oh no, we'll have to feed her up," Turner said.

"She'll be skinnier than us."

By Alyssa Braithwaite
November 13, 2009