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 6 - Birthday

Edina is forty. As her family and friends gather, Edina sulks at the horror of her age and hides upstairs. She's determined to only enjoy the day on her terms - and that means annoying everyone else.

Further details

Edina is forty. As her family and friends gather, Edina sulks at the horror of her age and hides upstairs.

Joined by Patsy, she drinks and drugs herself into a better mood as her ex-husbands Marshall and Justin discover how much alimony she is wringing from them.

After making everyone else miserable, Edina finally begins to enjoy her party with Patsy at her side, as the exes plot to cut her off.

Broadcast details

Thursday 17th December 1992
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 17th July 2011 12:20am Gold
Friday 19th August 2011 2:30am Gold
Sunday 18th September 2011 12:15am Gold
Monday 6th February 2012 11:35pm Gold
Tuesday 7th February 2012 1:50am Gold
Friday 12th October 2012 10:15pm Gold
Saturday 13th October 2012 1:25am Gold
Thursday 14th February 2013 10:20pm Gold
Friday 15th February 2013 2:00am Gold
Tuesday 27th August 2013 9:20pm Gold
Wednesday 28th August 2013 12:35am Gold
Wednesday 4th September 2013 10:30pm Gold
Thursday 5th September 2013 1:30am Gold
Wednesday 9th October 2013 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 10th October 2013 2:05am Gold
Wednesday 19th March 2014 12:30am Gold
Wednesday 19th March 2014 2:10am Gold
Monday 30th June 2014 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 1st July 2014 1:00am Gold
Saturday 28th February 2015 10:20pm Gold
Thursday 23rd April 2015 11:40pm Gold
Friday 24th April 2015 2:30am Gold
Friday 18th December 2015 12:40am Gold
Monday 20th June 2016 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 21st June 2016 2:10am Gold
Tuesday 24th January 2017 10:40pm W
Sunday 2nd April 2017 10:20pm Gold
Wednesday 19th July 2017 9:00pm Gold
Monday 6th November 2017 10:00pm W
Wednesday 8th November 2017 12:30am Gold
Tuesday 26th June 2018 11:40pm Gold
Wednesday 27th June 2018 1:25am Gold
Monday 1st July 2019 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 2nd July 2019 1:20am Gold
Monday 22nd July 2019 12:35am Gold
Thursday 5th September 2019 11:55pm Gold
Friday 6th September 2019 1:10am Gold
Monday 23rd March 2020 12:20am Gold
Monday 15th March 2021 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 16th March 2021 12:20am Gold
Monday 12th April 2021 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 13th April 2021 12:55am Gold
Friday 7th May 2021 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 8th May 2021 2:20am Gold
Wednesday 2nd June 2021 9:20pm Gold
Thursday 3rd June 2021 12:40am Gold
Monday 12th July 2021 2:10am Gold

Cast & crew

Jennifer Saunders Edina
Joanna Lumley Patsy
Julia Sawalha Saffron
June Whitfield Mother
Guest cast
Christopher Malcolm Justin (Saffy's Father)
Mo Gaffney Bo (Marshall's Wife)
Christopher Ryan Marshall (Edina's Ex-husband)
Gary Beadle Oliver (Justin's Boyfriend)
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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