Absolutely Fabulous trivia
The show has enjoyed success in numerous countries across the world, including Canada, Portugal, Australia, and most notably the United States of America.
As well as French, Jane Horrocks had originally auditioned for the part of Saffron, however Saunders felt her comic potential was more suited to the character of Bubble.
Source: 'The Story Of Absolutely Fabulous' (BBC, 2004)
Despite its own failed direct-adaptation attempts, America has come close to home-grown Asbsolutely Fabulous with the series Cybill and High Society.
Cybill shares the themes of life in the public eye and and generational tension. Cybill (Cybill Shepherd) - a middle ageing actress and hippy, has a rich, boozy best friend in bitter divorcee Marianne (Christine Baranski) and two disapproving, often embarrassed daughters (Dee Pfeiffer and Alicia Witt).
High Society focuses on the life of Dorothy Emerson (Mary McDonnell) - a wealthy divorcee who owns a publishing company - and her best friend Ellie Walker (Jean Smart), a boozy, man-eating romance novelist, as they carry on decadently under the eyes of Dorothy's conservative son Brendan (Dan O'Donahugh), old-money mother Alice (Jayne Meadows) and earthy college friend Val (Faith Prince).
The character of Brice Michaels, played by Tim Wylton and seen in Series 4 episode 2, Fish Farm, is taken from the one-off special Mirrorball - written by Jennifer Saunders and directed by Adrian Edmonson. The show takes the cast of Absolutely Fabulous and places them in a West-End showbiz setting. Bryce is the agent husband of Jackie Riviera (Joanna Lumley), the ex-junkie, faded disco diva best friend to the main character Vyvian Kiell (Jennifer Saunders), a middle-aged actress and dancer who lacks self control and struggles to find work. He is also the agent to old time vaudeville star Dora Vermouth (June Whitfield).
The theme tune is called This Wheel's On Fire, written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko. The version played on most episodes includes vocals from Julie Driscoll and Adrian Edmondson. Marianne Faithfull and P P Arnold performed the song for The Last Shout special in 1996, and Hermine Demoriane - in French - contributed vocals over the closing credits of the episode Paris. Vocals by Debbie Harry replaced those by Driscoll during Series 4 and 5. All versions were arranged by Simon Brint.
Eddy Monsoon claims to be a vegetarian, but is seen eating meat on several occasions.
In a one-off travelogue programme broadcast at Christmas 2017, Joanna & Jennifer: Absolutely Champers saw the star duo visit France's Champagne region to learn more about the beverage, visiting a number of vineyards and manufacturers - including Bollinger - and reminisce about Absolutely Fabulous.