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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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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

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
Harry Banks Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer

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