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.

Series 4, Episode 1 - Parralox

A new TV venture's on the cards for Edina, and she's lined up a guest spot with Richard and Judy to help launch a new campaign; for Patsy, life revolves around a skin-freezing serum called Parralox. Saffy, meanwhile, hopes for a government job promoting British culture.

Further details

Absolutely Fabulous. Image shows from L to R: Edina (Jennifer Saunders), Twiggy (Lesley Hornby), Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Copyright: Saunders And French Productions / BBC.

Edina has a life coach, a new television company and a new business partner in the gushing, artificial 'TV personality' Katy Grin; however she appears no more able than ever, and the equally useless Bubble is of no help.

Eddy does, however, have an appearance lined up on Richard and Judy's morning TV show with Twiggy. If it goes well, it could be very profitable for a new gay pride campaign, 'fists across America'.

Meanwhile, Patsy has become the Fashion Editor of another magazine and is injecting 'Parralox' into her face to deal with unsightly lines. Saffy is desperate to land a government job and finally move out, but begs her mother not to have the treatment herself. Gran is still around, and seems to rather enjoy living in the wake of Edina's lifestyle.

Edina's TV appearance and Saffron's job interview are looking promising, but a drunken night out with Patsy and an episode with 'Parralox' results in disaster for all concerned.

Broadcast details

Friday 31st August 2001
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jennifer Saunders Edina
    Joanna Lumley Patsy
    Julia Sawalha Saffron
    June Whitfield Mother
    Jane Horrocks Bubble
    Guest cast
    Naoko Mori Sarah
    Jane Horrocks Katy Grin
    Bob Barrett Labour Party Man
    Lesley Hornby (as Twiggy Lawson) Twiggy
    Antony Cotton Damon
    Tilly Blackwood Lady Candida De Denison-Bender
    Stephen Gately Self
    Michael Greco Self
    Victoria Hervey (as Lady Victoria Hervey) Self
    Judy Finnigan Self
    Richard Madeley Self
    Writing team
    Jennifer Saunders Writer
    Ruby Wax Script Editor
    Production team
    Bob Spiers Director
    Jon Plowman Producer
    Jonathan Paul Llewellyn (as Jonathan P. Llewellyn) Producer
    Chris Wadsworth Editor
    Simon Brint Composer
    Harry Banks Production Designer

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