While making one of her sporadic appearances at work, Patsy is roped into appearing on television in a makeover segment, and is forced to turn to Saffron for help.



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Patsy has moved in with the Monsoons whilst her flat is being fumigated and Saffy does not find her a welcome guest though Patsy herself is jealous when Eddy gets a date. Patsy finally goes to work but needs a map to find the office where she edits her magazine and on arrival alienates all her models. So she comes up with a plan to give Saffy and Mother make-overs on television but,since Saffy is her natural enemy,she has to win over her with a sob-story about how she was neglected by her own mother,never knew her father and relied on Eddy's mother to give her those little humanising qualities. Written by don @ minifie-1

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17 December 1992 (UK)  »

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This episode was intended to be the sixth, however last minute changes made it the fifth instead. When the episode aired, the series had already been renewed for a second season. See more »


A couple of the flower bunches get rearranged on Patsy's desk between takes. See more »


[first lines]
Edina: Oh, God! Oh, sweetie!
[burglar alarm starts wailing]
Edina: Oh, God! Saff! Darling!
[Saffron turns off the alarm]
Saffron: [explaining how to turn it off] Zero, zero, zero, enter.
Edina: Stupid little thing...
Saffron: I made it the simplest number possible, so that even a fool could remember it, but I overestimated you again.
Edina: Well, what's the point of it, if it's just going to make a bloody racket all the time?
Saffron: It's supposed to.
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References Good Morning Britain (1983) See more »

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Patsy at work: An AbFab classic
7 April 2007 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"Magazine" reveals Patsy's line of work, and she's this episode's main focus. Patsy attends a magazine staff meeting, and some new characters are introduced. The staff includes: Magda (Kathy Burke, who would repeat the role in "Hospital," "Fear," "The End," and "The Last Shout"), and the duo of Fleur and Catriona (Harriet Thorpe and Helen Lederer, who both continue to repeat their roles in various episodes.) Jennifer Saunders' husband, Adrian Edmondson, appears as the magazine's food expert named Hamish (he also appears in "New Best Friend.") Eddy goes along to the meeting, and picks up some freebies. She's also been reunited with an old flame, and we learn she's getting in stock for her new and unusual shop. Patsy is told she has to go on television for a fashion make-over spot, but has trouble finding models. Patsy attempts to get Saffy and Eddy's mother as her fashion victims. "AbFab" co-creator, Dawn French, appears as a t.v. personality. Eleanor Bron debuts on the show as Patsy's mother in one of Patsy's flashbacks. Other flashbacks featuring Patsy's mother can be seen in "Birth," and "Cold Turkey." Bubble is not in this episode.

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