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 5 - Small Opening

Saffron's first play is due to open for a limited run. When Eddy discovers it's autobiographical, she is afraid it will paint her in a bad light and resolves to have the production shut down.

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

On a drugs bender with Patsy, Edina calls the police when she answers her telephone and thinks she hears her long lost son Serge calling for help.

In the fallout, Saffron is forced to admit to her Mother that she has written a play about her own life, and that she must have accidentally dialled her mother during rehearsals. Edina instantly assumes that the play is all about her and will publicly blacken her character.

Edina and Patsy subject Saffy to a tirade of verbal vitriol about how much she had and how much was done for her - including a flashback to a drunken Edina and Patsy taking Saffron to a park in the eighties and playing on the equipment themselves. Saffy returns fire by reminding them of the neglect and irresponsibility that she endured and refuses to back down and cancel the play.

As the rest of the family gather for the play's opening, Saffron invites Edina. Curious, she attends with Patsy and is pleasantly surprised when the play is recieved as a comedy - disappointing the young playwright.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 28th September 2001
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jennifer Saunders Edina
    Joanna Lumley Patsy
    Julia Sawalha Saffron
    June Whitfield Mother
    Jane Horrocks Bubble
    Guest cast
    Christopher Malcolm Justin (Saffy's Father)
    Naoko Mori Sarah
    Mo Gaffney Bo (Marshall's Wife)
    Christopher Ryan Marshall (Edina's Ex-husband)
    Jane Horrocks Katy Grin
    Lill Roughley Jude
    Miles Western Martin
    Emma Pierson Kasha
    Josh Neale Josh
    Melanie Jessop Police Woman
    Ashley Clish Saffron As Child
    Jon Plowman Usher
    Writing team
    Jennifer Saunders Writer
    Ruby Wax Script Editor
    Production team
    Christine Gernon 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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