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 5 - Magazine

Patsy actually has to go into her office. At a rare meeting, she's told she has to give two members of the public a makeover and appear on morning television with them. After an argument with the chosen plebs, Saffron and Eddy's mother are drawn in.

Further details

Patsy's called into work - yes, work - for the first time in memory. She is in fact the 'Executive Fashion Director' of a magazine. To drum up publicity and sponsors, she's given an important TV assignment. First she has to deal with the comparatively small problem of remembering where her office is.

Patsy's TV spot is put in jeopardy when her models quit just hours before the live broadcast. Saffron and Mummy are enlisted in their place and fall victim to a Patsy make-over.

Broadcast details

Thursday 10th December 1992
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 17th July 2011 12:55am Gold
Saturday 20th August 2011 2:30am Gold
Sunday 18th September 2011 12:55am Gold
Monday 6th February 2012 10:55pm Gold
Tuesday 7th February 2012 1:10am Gold
Saturday 21st April 2012 10:20pm Gold
Sunday 22nd April 2012 1:25am Gold
Saturday 29th September 2012 10:50pm Gold
Sunday 30th September 2012 1:05am Gold
Thursday 7th February 2013 10:20pm Gold
Friday 8th February 2013 2:00am Gold
Wednesday 28th August 2013 9:20pm Gold
Thursday 29th August 2013 12:40am Gold
Wednesday 4th September 2013 9:50pm Gold
Thursday 5th September 2013 1:00am Gold
Saturday 22nd March 2014 2:10am Gold
Tuesday 25th March 2014 1:10am Gold
Friday 27th June 2014 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 28th June 2014 1:00am Gold
Saturday 28th February 2015 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 23rd April 2015 11:00pm Gold
Friday 24th April 2015 2:00am Gold
Friday 17th June 2016 9:40pm Gold
Monday 23rd January 2017 10:40pm W
Sunday 2nd April 2017 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 2nd November 2017 10:00pm W
Friday 3rd November 2017 12:20am W
Tuesday 7th November 2017 12:10am Gold
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 26th June 2018 12:35am Gold
Tuesday 26th June 2018 11:05pm Gold
Friday 28th June 2019 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 29th June 2019 12:55am Gold
Sunday 21st July 2019 11:55pm Gold
Monday 22nd July 2019 3:25am Gold
Wednesday 4th September 2019 11:55pm Gold
Thursday 5th September 2019 1:15am Gold
Sunday 22nd March 2020 11:40pm Gold
Monday 23rd March 2020 3:25am Gold
Friday 12th March 2021 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 13th March 2021 12:20am Gold
Friday 9th April 2021 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 10th April 2021 12:55am Gold
Saturday 10th April 2021 3:25am Gold
Thursday 6th May 2021 11:00pm Gold
Friday 7th May 2021 2:20am Gold
Monday 12th July 2021 1:35am Gold
Monday 19th July 2021 1:40am Gold

Cast & crew

Jennifer Saunders Edina
Joanna Lumley Patsy
Julia Sawalha Saffron
June Whitfield Mother
Guest cast
Kathy Burke Magda (Editor)
Harriet Thorpe Fleur
Helen Lederer Catriona
Eleanor Bron Patsy's Mother
Adrian Edmondson Hamish (Restaurant Critic)
Dawn French Kathy (TV-am Presenter)
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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