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 4 - Donkey

Following on a theory of appearing a 'donkey' in comparison to Patsy's 'racehorse', Edina commits herself to lose weight. Will the desired effects be seen fast enough?

Further details

Absolutely Fabulous. Image shows from L to R: Edina (Jennifer Saunders), Katy Grin (Jane Horrocks). Copyright: Saunders And French Productions / BBC.

On a girls night out with Katy, Fleur and Katriona, Patsy and Eddy discuss how all relationships have a strong, attractive 'racehorse' and a submissive, less attractive 'donkey' who makes them look good by comparison.

Feeling like the 'donkey' in her relationship with Patsy, Edina embarks on her most strenuous and committed attempt to lose weight ever. The road is not easy and she is guided by God who protects her from the temptations of the Devil. Edina's resolve is bolstered when she finds that her efforts are paying off.

Meanwhile, Patsy experiments with her own new-look, pulling back her fringe. Unfortunately her initial effort is unsuccessful. Edina's resolve too, is broken when she does not get the desired attention fast enough.

Broadcast details

Friday 21st September 2001
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jennifer Saunders Edina
    Joanna Lumley Patsy
    Julia Sawalha Saffron
    June Whitfield Mother
    Guest cast
    Harriet Thorpe Fleur
    Helen Lederer Catriona
    Marianne Faithfull God
    Jane Horrocks Katy Grin
    Tilly Blackwood Lady Candida De Denison-Bender
    Robin Cope Fitness Instructor
    Julian Rhind-Tutt Taylor (Saffy's Actor Friend)
    Andrea Gillie Patsy's Secretary
    Jessica Willcocks Minge
    Anita Pallenberg Devil
    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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