British Comedy Guide

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 others.

Series 5, Episode 4 is repeated on Gold tomorrow at 11pm

Series 2, Episode 5 - Poor

Edina's ex-husbands have cut off her alimony payments. Saffron and Edina's accountant taker the opportunity to convince her to cut back on the excesses of her lavish lifestyle, and hide the fact that she is independently wealthy.

Full synopsis

Eddy's ex-husbands discover that she has been deceiving both of them into paying her alimony, and cut off all payments. Edina fears the worst: poverty. Eddy is forced to take Saffy's advice and cut her expenses.

She exchanges her car for a smaller model and gives up Harrods grocery deliveries. Can Edina and Patsy really live so frugally? A trip to the supermarket ends up costing much more than they bargained for...

Broadcast details

Thursday 3rd March 1994
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 12:25am on Gold
  2. Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 1:50am on Gold
  3. Wednesday 28th December 2011 at 10:55pm on Gold
  4. Monday 5th March 2012 at 11:50pm on Gold
  5. Tuesday 6th March 2012 at 2:25am on Gold
  6. Friday 20th July 2012 at 10:20pm on Gold
  7. Saturday 21st July 2012 at 1:00am on Gold
  8. Monday 24th December 2012 at 1:30am on Gold
  9. Thursday 7th March 2013 at 10:20pm on Gold
  10. Friday 8th March 2013 at 2:00am on Gold
  11. Wednesday 19th June 2013 at 10:35pm on Gold
  12. Thursday 20th June 2013 at 1:30am on Gold
  13. Friday 30th August 2013 at 9:20pm on Gold
  14. Saturday 31st August 2013 at 1:20am on Gold
  15. Saturday 29th March 2014 at 12:40am on Gold
  16. Thursday 15th May 2014 at 10:20pm on Gold
  17. Friday 16th May 2014 at 1:30am on Gold
  18. Monday 7th July 2014 at 9:40pm on Gold
  19. Tuesday 8th July 2014 at 1:00am on Gold
  20. Saturday 21st March 2015 at 9:40pm on Gold
  21. Thursday 14th May 2015 at 11:00pm on Gold
  22. Friday 15th May 2015 at 2:45am on Gold
  23. Monday 27th June 2016 at 9:40pm on Gold
  24. Tuesday 28th June 2016 at 2:40am on Gold
  25. Thursday 12th January 2017 at 1:50am on Gold
  26. Monday 13th February 2017 at 10:40pm on W
  27. Monday 13th November 2017 at 10:00pm on W
  28. Thursday 16th November 2017 at 12:20am on Gold
  29. Thursday 16th November 2017 at 11:40pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jennifer Saunders Edina
Joanna Lumley Patsy
Julia Sawalha Saffron
June Whitfield Mother
Jane Horrocks Bubble
Guest cast
Christopher Malcolm Justin (Saffy's Father)
Mark Wing-Davey Malcolm (Accountant)
Miranda Forbes Woman in Car
Hugh Ross Judge
Helena McCarthy Old Woman
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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