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

Episode menu

Series 3, Episode 2 - Happy New Year

As the family gathers for New Year's Eve, Edina and Patsy look forward to a night out at an ultra-hip underground rave. Patsy is particularly excited, as her well connected, jet-setting sister Jackie is about to arrive. When she appears, however, plans begin to disintegrate.

Further details

Saffy has plans for New Year's Eve - a quiet night in with Mother, her dad Justin and his boyfriend Oliver. But this homely setup won't do for Patsy and Eddy. They plan to see in the new year in style by attending an underground rave in a car park.

All plans are halted, however, by the arrival of Patsy's long lost sister Jackie. Once a renowned 60s party animal Jackie is now 72. Patsy is horrified to see how she has aged. The rave now scuppered, they all end up celebrating in boring Saffron-style.

Broadcast details

Thursday 6th April 1995
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 23rd September 2011 12:00am Gold
Friday 23rd September 2011 1:55am Gold
Monday 5th December 2011 11:55pm Gold
Tuesday 6th December 2011 1:50am Gold
Saturday 31st December 2011 10:20pm Gold
Sunday 1st January 2012 1:00am Gold
Sunday 13th January 2013 10:20pm Gold
Tuesday 19th March 2013 10:20pm Gold
Wednesday 20th March 2013 2:00am Gold
Wednesday 26th June 2013 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 27th June 2013 2:00am Gold
Saturday 7th September 2013 11:00pm Gold
Monday 21st October 2013 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 26th December 2013 11:40pm Gold
Monday 14th July 2014 9:35pm Gold
Tuesday 15th July 2014 12:55am Gold
Saturday 28th March 2015 10:25pm Gold
Thursday 21st May 2015 11:35pm Gold
Friday 22nd May 2015 2:55am Gold
Thursday 31st December 2015 11:55pm Gold
Friday 15th January 2016 2:30am Gold
Friday 11th March 2016 1:10am Gold
Thursday 30th June 2016 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 6th July 2016 2:25am Gold
Thursday 26th January 2017 10:40pm W
Thursday 16th November 2017 10:00pm W
Tuesday 21st November 2017 12:40am Gold
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 12:00am Gold
Monday 1st January 2018 12:45am Gold
Saturday 2nd January 2021 9:30pm BBC1
Friday 26th March 2021 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 27th March 2021 12:15am Gold
Thursday 22nd April 2021 9:40pm Gold
Friday 23rd April 2021 1:10am Gold
Sunday 4th July 2021 12:40am Gold
Saturday 1st January 2022 10:40pm Gold

Cast & crew

Jennifer Saunders Edina
Joanna Lumley Patsy
Julia Sawalha Saffron
June Whitfield Mother
Jane Horrocks Bubble
Guest cast
Christopher Malcolm Justin (Saffy's Father)
Christopher Ryan Marshall (Edina's Ex-husband)
Gary Beadle Oliver (Justin's Boyfriend)
Kate O'Mara Jackie
Rebecca Front Cherysh
Writing team
Jennifer Saunders Writer
Ruby Wax Script Editor
Production team
Bob Spiers Director
Jon Plowman Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Harry Banks Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer

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