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 5 - Fear

Saffron has moved out, Edina's PR company has merged with an enormous PR firm based in the United States and after her magazine closes, Patsy is offered a prestigious job in New York. Fearful of so much change, Eddy and Patsy indulge in a drunken, drugged bender and face stern words from Saffy.

Further details

Patsy shacks up with Edina after Saffy leaves for University, however the pair find it hard to survive alone. Neither of them can find or use the tin opener. On the bright side, Saffy's departure means that they can enjoy whiskey, ice cream and techno music whenever they want.

With her PR agency about to merge with a major American competitor, Edina's feeling the strain of change - and if all this wasn't bad enough, Patsy's magazine folds and she loses her job (a.k.a. the best free ride of her life). They are both faced with a major crossroads in their lives. Will they pull through?

Broadcast details

Thursday 4th May 1995
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 25th September 2011 11:20pm Gold
Monday 26th September 2011 2:00am Gold
Friday 9th December 2011 12:10am Gold
Friday 30th December 2011 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 20th January 2013 10:20pm Gold
Thursday 28th March 2013 10:20pm Gold
Friday 29th March 2013 1:30am Gold
Monday 1st July 2013 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 2nd July 2013 2:10am Gold
Sunday 8th September 2013 10:35pm Gold
Thursday 24th October 2013 11:00pm Gold
Friday 25th October 2013 1:55am Gold
Friday 27th December 2013 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 17th July 2014 9:40pm Gold
Friday 18th July 2014 1:05am Gold
Wednesday 1st October 2014 11:20pm Gold
Thursday 11th June 2015 11:00pm Gold
Friday 12th June 2015 3:00am Gold
Wednesday 30th December 2015 11:50pm Gold
Thursday 4th February 2016 11:20pm Gold
Friday 5th February 2016 2:50am Gold
Thursday 17th March 2016 1:50am Gold
Thursday 17th March 2016 3:30am Gold
Monday 4th July 2016 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 1st February 2017 11:20pm W
Tuesday 21st November 2017 10:00pm W
Sunday 10th December 2017 1:30am Gold
Sunday 10th December 2017 10:55pm Gold
Wednesday 4th April 2018 10:40pm Gold
Thursday 5th April 2018 1:35am Gold
Saturday 5th May 2018 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 30th March 2021 9:35pm Gold
Wednesday 31st March 2021 12:20am Gold
Tuesday 27th April 2021 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 28th April 2021 12:55am Gold
Monday 5th July 2021 1:00am Gold
Sunday 2nd January 2022 12:40am Gold
Monday 3rd January 2022 12:00am Gold

Cast & crew

Jennifer Saunders Edina
Joanna Lumley Patsy
Julia Sawalha Saffron
June Whitfield Mother
Jane Horrocks Bubble
Guest cast
Naoko Mori Sarah
Kathy Burke Magda (Editor)
Harriet Thorpe Fleur
Helen Lederer Catriona
Caroline Waldron Caroline
John Hudson Lecturer
David Cardy Candid Cameraman
Louis Hillier Candid Cameraman
Lulu Self
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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