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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Gay

It's Fashion Week season; London's over, and New York's due up next. A fortuitous time, therefore, for Gran to let slip that Serge is gay and living in the Big Apple. Eddy resolves to track him down - after all, how many gay men can there be in New York?

Further details

Edina finds herself between jobs after selling off her companies and is retraining Bubble as her full-time Personal Assistant.

Patsy, meanwhile, is busy with her brand new job as Chief Design consultant and buyer for the ultra-hip fashion concept store "Jeremy's". Saffron is busy making observations for her writing project and Edina, in her loneliness, turns her attentions to her long lost son, Serge.

Saffron will not give her information about Serge's whereabouts and Serge's father, Edina's second husband Marshall and his Californian wife Bo are similarly tight lipped. Edina's Mother, however, lets slip that Serge is in fact gay and living in New York.

Eddy is thrilled as she and Patsy are about to go to the Big Apple for fashion week - although Patsy is less than keen for Edina to find her runaway offspring. Edina finds a card in Saffron's room that leads her to a Gay/Bisexual/Transgender support centre in New York called 'Guff'. There, Edina is forced to marry Patsy in order to bribe Serge's contact details from psychiatrist and caseworker Goldie.

Edina initially mistakes the flambouyant Martin for her son, but finds that Martin is Serge's partner, and Serge is a conservative male version of Saffron who works in a second-hand bookshop. Serge resists Edina's attempts to reconnect, eschewing her narrow definition of what it is to be gay - loud and flamboyant, and still sad that she and Patsy once burned all of his books.

With Martin's help, however, Eddy convinces Serge to spend a day with her and Patsy at the fashion shows, where he is given a makeover and meets his Godmother, Debbie Harry. After the shows, Edina, Patsy, Martin and Serge go club hopping and Serge sees Martin joining his mother and Patsy in the exact kind of decadence that he ran from twelve years earlier.

When Patsy and Eddy send a bar up in flames by accident they are arrested. However, Saffron posts bail and they return home without Serge - but Edina reveals that she has adopted Martin.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 27th December 2002
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
55 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 10th December 2011 10:55pm Gold
Saturday 28th January 2012 11:20pm Gold
Sunday 29th January 2012 1:55am Gold
Thursday 12th June 2014 10:35pm Gold
Friday 13th June 2014 1:45am Gold
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 10:55pm Gold
Monday 5th January 2015 10:20pm Gold
Sunday 23rd August 2015 1:10am Gold
Saturday 12th September 2015 12:25am Gold
Saturday 12th September 2015 3:05am Gold
Tuesday 29th September 2015 12:40am Gold
Saturday 5th December 2015 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 6th December 2015 1:15am Gold
Thursday 11th August 2016 11:10pm Gold
Friday 12th August 2016 2:50am Gold
Thursday 18th August 2016 11:10pm Gold
Friday 19th August 2016 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 15th November 2016 9:45pm Gold
Sunday 12th November 2017 9:00pm Gold
Monday 13th November 2017 1:00am Gold
Thursday 30th November 2017 12:20am Gold
Sunday 3rd December 2023 10:30pm Gold
Monday 4th December 2023 2:40am Gold
Tuesday 26th December 2023 10:40pm Gold

Cast & crew

Cast
Jennifer Saunders Edina
Joanna Lumley Patsy
Julia Sawalha Saffron
June Whitfield Mother
Jane Horrocks Bubble
Guest cast
Harriet Thorpe Fleur
Helen Lederer Catriona
Mo Gaffney Bo (Marshall's Wife)
Christopher Ryan Marshall (Edina's Ex-husband)
Jane Horrocks Lola
Josh Hamilton Serge
Danny Burstein Martin
Nathan Lee Graham Assistant At 'Guff'
Whoopi Goldberg Goldie
Deborah Harry (as Debbie Harry) Self
Graham Norton Self
Jared Gold Self
Rufus Wainwright Self
Writing team
Jennifer Saunders Writer
Ruby Wax Script Editor
Production team
Tristram Shapeero Director
Jo Sargent Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Harry Banks Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer

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