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

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Series 1, Episode 4 - Iso Tank

With Bubble now surprisingly efficient at the office, Edina feels surplus to her own life. Forbidden by Safron from attending her sixth form's open day, she decides that adopting a Romanian baby would be a good idea...

Further details

After drifting into her new isolation tank without Patsy for company, Edina becomes bored...

Forbade by Saffron from attending a school open day, Edina orders a selection of Romanian babies out of spite. With Bubble now surprisingly efficient, the deal goes through before she can cancel it and the babies arrive during Saffron's science presentation. Can this really be happening?

Broadcast details

Thursday 3rd December 1992
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 10th July 2011 1:00am Gold
Thursday 18th August 2011 2:30am Gold
Saturday 17th September 2011 11:35pm Gold
Monday 30th January 2012 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 31st January 2012 9:25pm Gold
Saturday 14th April 2012 2:10am Gold
Saturday 22nd September 2012 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 23rd September 2012 1:50am Gold
Thursday 31st January 2013 10:20pm Gold
Friday 1st February 2013 2:00am Gold
Friday 7th June 2013 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 8th June 2013 2:00am Gold
Thursday 22nd August 2013 9:20pm Gold
Friday 23rd August 2013 12:00am Gold
Tuesday 18th March 2014 12:35am Gold
Tuesday 18th March 2014 2:10am Gold
Saturday 21st February 2015 10:20pm Gold
Thursday 16th April 2015 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 17th December 2015 12:50am Gold
Tuesday 8th March 2016 1:10am Gold
Thursday 16th June 2016 9:40pm Gold
Friday 17th June 2016 2:05am Gold
Thursday 19th January 2017 10:40pm W
Sunday 2nd April 2017 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 1st November 2017 11:00pm W
Monday 6th November 2017 11:30pm Gold
Saturday 5th May 2018 10:20pm Gold
Monday 25th June 2018 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 27th June 2019 9:40pm Gold
Friday 28th June 2019 12:35am Gold
Sunday 21st July 2019 12:20am Gold
Sunday 21st July 2019 11:55pm Gold
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 12:20am Gold
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 11:55pm Gold
Thursday 6th February 2020 10:35pm Gold
Friday 7th February 2020 1:15am Gold
Sunday 15th March 2020 11:55pm Gold
Thursday 11th March 2021 9:40pm Gold
Friday 12th March 2021 12:20am Gold
Thursday 8th April 2021 9:40pm Gold
Friday 9th April 2021 1:00am Gold
Friday 9th April 2021 3:30am Gold
Wednesday 5th May 2021 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 6th May 2021 2:20am Gold
Sunday 11th July 2021 2:05am Gold
Monday 12th July 2021 1:00am Gold
Friday 20th May 2022 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 21st May 2022 1:30am Gold

Cast & crew

Jennifer Saunders Edina
Joanna Lumley Patsy
Julia Sawalha Saffron
June Whitfield Mother
Jane Horrocks Bubble
Guest cast
Tim Woodward Headmaster
Naoko Mori Sarah
Lisa Coleman Joanna
Adrian Ross-Magenty James
James Lance Daniel
Paul Mark Elliott Teacher
Sidney Cole Teacher
Annabelle Hampson (as Annabell Hampson) Headmistress
Melanie Jessop Secretary
Tricia Aileen School Secretary
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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