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

Absolutely Fabulous

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1992 - 2012
  • 39 episodes (5 series)

Public relations maven Edina and best friend Patsy drive sensible daughter Saffron up the wall with their self-absorbed, substance-abusing escapades. Stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 17th December 2011 10:00pm Gold
Sunday 18th December 2011 1:15am Gold
Saturday 25th February 2012 2:30am Gold
Saturday 2nd June 2012 11:30pm Gold
Sunday 3rd June 2012 2:10am Gold
Monday 4th June 2012 11:55pm Gold
Tuesday 5th June 2012 2:15am Gold
Thursday 5th July 2012 2:00am Gold
Sunday 29th December 2013 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 13th December 2014 11:15pm Gold
Thursday 10th December 2015 9:40pm Gold
Friday 11th December 2015 12:45am Gold
Friday 1st April 2016 1:10am Gold
Wednesday 18th May 2016 12:40am Gold
Friday 27th May 2016 2:30am Gold
Thursday 9th March 2017 11:20pm W
Sunday 3rd December 2017 12:15am Gold
Sunday 3rd December 2017 10:10pm Gold
Thursday 14th December 2017 10:00pm W
Thursday 14th December 2017 11:10pm Gold
Friday 15th December 2017 2:00am Gold
Saturday 16th December 2017 9:00pm W
Thursday 21st December 2017 10:00pm BBC2
Saturday 23rd December 2017 1:30am Gold
Saturday 23rd December 2017 3:15am Gold
Saturday 11th December 2021 11:05pm Gold
Sunday 12th December 2021 3:20am Gold
Monday 20th December 2021 12:35am Gold
Friday 24th December 2021 12:10am Gold
Tuesday 28th December 2021 11:35pm BBC2
Friday 9th December 2022 12:15am Gold
Saturday 17th December 2022 2:45am Gold
Saturday 24th December 2022 11:40pm BBC2
Monday 11th December 2023 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 21st December 2023 1:25am Gold
Thursday 21st December 2023 11:00pm Gold

Cast & crew

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
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Harry Banks Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer
Ben Lee-Delisle Composer

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