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Absolutely Fabulous
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Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous is a British sitcom starring Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders. The show, broadcast by the BBC in the United Kingdom, grew from a sketch originally written and performed for the comedy show French and Saunders, which co-starred Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French.

With its frank depictions of drug and alcohol use and irresponsible, irreverent and frequently illegal behaviour, the series gained a large and loyal following as well as attracting censure from various groups.

The characters played by Lumley (Patsy) and Saunders (Eddy) became popular subjects for emulation by female impersonators and Halloween revellers. While the programme was widely popular in Britain and gained noteworthy attention in the United States, where it was broadcast by the Comedy Central network (and, from 2003, by the Oxygen network), it has found a particularly strong following among gay men in both of these countries as well as in Australia, where the show has been broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Table of contents
1 The premise
2 Trivia
3 Cast
4 Episodes
5 Similar shows
6 External link

The premise

Edina Monsoon (Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Lumley) are two out-of-place, stuck-in-the-1970s, substance-abusing fashion and fad-obsessed Londoners who value style over substance. Saffron (Julia Sawalha), Edina's daughter by a previous marriage, provides the voice of Monsoon and Stone's superego.

Edina is the manager of a public relations firm whose only steady client is fading pop singer Lulu, who is barely hanging on by a thread. (In later years, this switched to former Spice Girl Emma Bunton.) Amidst her struggling business Edina is desperate to give off the aura of success, wealth and fabulousness.

The show circles around Edina's constant struggle to achieve fame and success amidst the disapproval of her daughter and the constant presence of her dottering, senile elderly mother. Throughout Patsy is at her side encouraging the behaviors that are constantly causing her conflict. Also in and out of her life are her ex husband Justin (and his gay lover Oliver,) and her other ex husband Marshall, with his scheming new-age California wife Bo.

Much of the comedy of the show is physical, usually drived from Edina and Patsy's drunken states. A recurring gag found new ways for Edina to fall headfirst down her kitchen stairs at least once every seasons. Episodes also found the pair travelling to locations like New York, Paris and Morocco, usually with complaining daughter in tow.


Written by: Jennifer Saunders

Directed by: Bob Spiers

Produced by: Jon Plowman

6 seasons, and several one-off specials

Broadcast (in the U.K.): 1992-1996; 2001-2003

TV Channel: BBC2 / BBC1

BBC Television



List of Absolutely Fabulous episodes

Similar shows

An attempted American remake was put into motion by Roseanne but never got off the ground. It was to star Carrie Fisher. However Roseanne did incorperate many elements of the show into her final season (where Roseanne wins the lottery), including hiring some of the guest stars of Absolutely Fabulous.

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