Absolutely Fabulous. Image shows from L to R: Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Saffron (Julia Sawalha), Edina (Jennifer Saunders), Mother (June Whitfield), Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Copyright: Saunders And French Productions / BBC
Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1992 - 2012
  • 39 episodes (5 series)

Public relations maven Edina and best friend Patsy drive sensible daughter Saffron up the wall with their self-absorbed, substance-abusing escapades. Stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 3 - France

Edina and Patsy are off for a jaunt in France. Arriving at the wrong place, they struggle to find food until Saffron and Bubble arrive. After drinking liberally and actually enjoying a game of ping-pong, they are given an urgent message by Bubble.

Further details

With a suitably chosen wardrobe, Eddy and Patsy take a trip to Provence in France. But they find the language barrier is the least of their problems. Their accommodation is far from the five-star standard they expect.

The cupboards are bare, walls are damp and they have no idea why a dubious looking Frenchman keeps knocking on the chalet door.

Meanwhile Edina hopes that, back home, daughter Saffron will come out of her shell and transform herself into a raver.

Broadcast details

Thursday 26th November 1992
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 10th July 2011 12:20am Gold
Wednesday 17th August 2011 2:30am Gold
Saturday 17th September 2011 12:25am Gold
Saturday 17th September 2011 2:20am Gold
Saturday 14th January 2012 11:10pm Gold
Sunday 15th January 2012 2:20am Gold
Monday 23rd January 2012 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 24th January 2012 9:20pm Gold
Saturday 15th September 2012 11:10pm Gold
Sunday 16th September 2012 1:55am Gold
Thursday 24th January 2013 10:20pm Gold
Friday 25th January 2013 2:00am Gold
Sunday 27th January 2013 1:10am Gold
Sunday 27th January 2013 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 5th June 2013 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 6th June 2013 2:30am Gold
Wednesday 21st August 2013 9:20pm Gold
Thursday 22nd August 2013 12:00am Gold
Sunday 3rd November 2013 10:55pm Gold
Monday 4th November 2013 1:55am Gold
Thursday 13th March 2014 12:25am Gold
Thursday 26th June 2014 9:40pm Gold
Friday 27th June 2014 1:00am Gold
Saturday 21st February 2015 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 16th April 2015 11:00pm Gold
Friday 17th April 2015 2:30am Gold
Wednesday 15th June 2016 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 16th June 2016 2:05am Gold
Monday 8th August 2016 11:30pm Gold
Tuesday 9th August 2016 2:35am Gold
Monday 15th August 2016 11:00pm Gold
Tuesday 16th August 2016 9:35pm Gold
Wednesday 18th January 2017 11:20pm W
Saturday 1st April 2017 10:20pm Gold
Monday 16th October 2017 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 17th October 2017 2:20am Gold
Tuesday 31st October 2017 10:20pm W
Wednesday 1st November 2017 12:20am W
Wednesday 26th June 2019 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 27th June 2019 12:35am Gold
Saturday 20th July 2019 11:20pm Gold
Sunday 21st July 2019 10:35pm Gold
Friday 30th August 2019 11:15pm Gold
Saturday 31st August 2019 11:15pm Gold
Wednesday 5th February 2020 10:25pm Gold
Thursday 6th February 2020 12:50am Gold
Sunday 15th March 2020 11:15pm Gold
Monday 16th March 2020 3:10am Gold
Wednesday 10th March 2021 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 11th March 2021 12:20am Gold
Wednesday 7th April 2021 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 8th April 2021 1:00am Gold
Thursday 8th April 2021 3:30am Gold
Tuesday 4th May 2021 11:00pm Gold
Wednesday 5th May 2021 2:10am Gold
Sunday 11th July 2021 1:25am Gold
Monday 12th July 2021 12:20am Gold
Sunday 18th July 2021 10:00pm Gold

Cast & crew

Jennifer Saunders Edina
Joanna Lumley Patsy
Julia Sawalha Saffron
June Whitfield Mother
Jane Horrocks Bubble
Guest cast
Geoffrey McGivern Customs Officer
Juliette Mole Air Hostess
Robert Ripa Old Frenchman
Jon Plowman French Waiter
Writing team
Jennifer Saunders Writer
Ruby Wax Script Editor
Production team
Bob Spiers Director
Jon Plowman Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Bryan Ellis Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer

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