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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

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 6 - Menopause

A major e-mail mishap leads to an exodus of clients from Eddy's business. Whilst she struggles to salvage a morsel from her TV and PR enterprises, Patsy is diagnosed with osteoporosis, and Saffy forces the pair to attend a meeting of Menopause Anonymous.

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

Edina's PR business is on its last legs after Bubble manages to e-mail the entirety of Eddy's private correspondence to everyone in her address book. Edina's arch-rival Claudia Bing wastes no time in picking up her clients and trying to buy her out.

Meanwhile, osteoporosis kicks in for Patsy, who is pleased to learn that she has the lowest bone density on record. Saffron invites a menopause support group to the house and forces Edina and Patsy to attend, terrified of a vision she has of the pair in the future - needy, falling apart but still hedonistic.

Edina decides that the only way to save her business is to sell off the television company. Claudia Bing is shocked and impressed when she learns of 'Radical TV' and quickly buys Katy Grin's half of the company when Katy announces her intention to sell.

Eddy shrewdly manages to flog off her half of the company, which currently has no programmes, to Claudia in return for a hefty sum and the return of several key PR clients. With business back on track, Edina celebrates with Patsy, whose hormone tablets have made her much homelier.

Saffron has a terrifying nightmare of Patsy threatening to impregnate herself with a vial of Mick Jagger's sperm unless she is allowed to move in to the house, but wakes to find that Edina and Patsy are back to their old selves.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 5th October 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
    Harriet Thorpe Fleur
    Helen Lederer Catriona
    Mo Gaffney Bo (Marshall's Wife)
    Christopher Ryan Marshall (Edina's Ex-husband)
    Celia Imrie Claudia Bing
    Jane Horrocks Katy Grin
    Lesley Hornby (as Twiggy Lawson) Twiggy
    Antony Cotton Damon
    Tilly Blackwood Lady Candida De Denison-Bender
    Jeillo Edwards Jeillo
    Joanna Bowen Jobo
    Ruby Wax Beth
    Leigh Lawson Self
    Dale Winton Self
    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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