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 5 - Cold Turkey

It's Jane's first Christmas, and Edina plans to spend the festive period at home rather than on holiday. Trouble is, she's not told Patsy yet. What'll be her reaction to the news?

Further details

It's Christmas and Edina is breaking the habits of a lifetime by staying home with her family and spoiling her grand-daughter, Jane.

They are all thrown into suspense, however, when Patsy collapses and is rushed to hospital. Her sinister sister Jackie arrives. Will Patsy survive?


Also known as Drinkin'.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 24th December 2003
35 minutes

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)
Harriet Thorpe Fleur
Helen Lederer Catriona
Eleanor Bron Patsy's Mother
Mo Gaffney Bo (Marshall's Wife)
Christopher Ryan Marshall (Edina's Ex-husband)
Kate O'Mara Jackie
Felix Dexter John
Simon Brodkin Doctor
Alex Lowe Wood Cutter
Amy Phillips Paramedic
Marion Pashley Nurse
Writing team
Jennifer Saunders Writer
Sue Perkins Writer (Additional Material)
Ruby Wax Script Editor
Production team
Dewi Humphreys (as Dewi Humphries) Director
Jo Sargent Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer

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