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

BBC One and BBC Two sitcom focusing on two fashionistas. 39 episodes (5 series), 1992 - 2012. Stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks.

Series 2, Episode 1 - Hospital

Patsy lands in the tabloids for her fling with an MP. She follows Edina, who has an ingrown toenail, into hospital so she can have a facelift before she appears in all the magazines, but things do not go to plan...

Further details

Patsy has been having a secret affair with a politician. Unfortunately the tabloids find out and a sex scandal erupts. For Patsy, having her moral rectitude questioned is nothing compared to the indignity of having her true age revealed in the press. She is distraught.

Meanwhile Eddy stubs her toe and insists on immediate surgery. Patsy joins her in hospital for moral support and takes the opportunity for a quick face lift.

Broadcast details

Thursday 27th January 1994
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jennifer Saunders Edina
    Joanna Lumley Patsy
    Julia Sawalha Saffron
    June Whitfield Mother
    Guest cast
    Naoko Mori Sarah
    Kathy Burke Magda (Editor)
    Harriet Thorpe Fleur
    Helen Lederer Catriona
    Jennifer Piercey Antonia
    Llewella Gideon Nurse
    Orla Brady Nurse Mary
    David Henry Mr Simpson
    Mandy Rice-Davies Dream Patsy
    Helena Bonham Carter (as Helena Bonham-Carter) Dream Saffy
    Richard E. Grant Dream Justin
    Suzi Quatro Dream Nurse
    Germaine Greer Dream Mother
    Jon Plowman Photographer
    Sylvia Anderson Lady Penelope (Voice)
    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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