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.

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

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    Cast & crew

    Regular 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
    Simon Brint Composer
    Harry Banks Production Designer
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