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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