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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