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 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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 24th July 2011 12:40am Gold
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 10:40pm Gold
Wednesday 23rd November 2011 1:40am Gold
Tuesday 27th December 2011 12:00am Gold
Sunday 5th February 2012 10:10pm Gold
Monday 13th February 2012 11:25pm Gold
Friday 6th July 2012 10:20pm Gold
Saturday 7th July 2012 1:00am Gold
Thursday 20th December 2012 12:30am Gold
Thursday 21st February 2013 10:20pm Gold
Friday 22nd February 2013 2:00am Gold
Monday 17th June 2013 10:40pm Gold
Tuesday 18th June 2013 1:30am Gold
Thursday 1st May 2014 10:20pm Gold
Friday 2nd May 2014 1:25am Gold
Saturday 7th March 2015 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 30th April 2015 11:00pm Gold
Friday 1st May 2015 2:35am Gold
Saturday 19th December 2015 12:15am Gold
Wednesday 9th March 2016 1:05am Gold
Tuesday 21st June 2016 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd June 2016 2:45am Gold
Monday 6th February 2017 10:40pm W
Saturday 29th July 2017 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 7th November 2017 10:00pm W
Thursday 9th November 2017 12:25am Gold
Thursday 9th November 2017 11:20pm Gold
Monday 4th June 2018 11:00pm W
Wednesday 27th June 2018 11:05pm Gold
Tuesday 16th March 2021 9:50pm Gold
Wednesday 17th March 2021 12:30am Gold
Tuesday 13th April 2021 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 14th April 2021 12:55am Gold
Thursday 3rd June 2021 9:20pm Gold
Friday 4th June 2021 12:40am Gold

Cast & crew

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 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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