The wild misadventures of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon and her best friend Patsy Stone, who live in a nearly constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.
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Jennifer Saunders ...  Edina 39 episodes, 1992-2012
Joanna Lumley ...  Patsy / ... 39 episodes, 1992-2012
Julia Sawalha ...  Saffron 39 episodes, 1992-2012
June Whitfield ...  Mother 36 episodes, 1992-2012
Jane Horrocks ...  Bubble / ... 32 episodes, 1992-2012
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British sitcom about the misadventures of two high-powered career women, active on the London fashion scene. Edina "Eddy" Monsoon is a professional public relations agent, who owns her own PR firm. Patricia "Patsy" Stone is the fashion director in a top British magazine. In their professional lives, they are rather successful. They spend their free time by constantly indulging in cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs, while trying to stay young and to relive their glory days in the Mod subculture. Written by Dimos I

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Sin is in, sweetie.

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Pet Shop Boys created an homage song of this show for Comic Relief in 1994, titled "Absolutely Fabulous", which featured dialogue from this show. It debuted at number two in Australia, which was also the highest peak position for them in that country. See more »

Quotes

Patsy: I thought a little mosey down Bond Street, a little sniff around Gucci, sidle up to Ralph Lauren, pass through Browns and on to Quags for a light lunch.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of series four's credits, a clip of David Bowie singing "Ziggy Stardust" has been inserted. See more »

Alternate Versions

The shot of Eddie snorting cocaine to wake up in the morning (looking in the mirror) in episode #3.01 "Door Handle" was taken out after the first run of the show and was left out for syndication. It was later put back in the DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 3 Things Must Die!: Is Fantasy Horse at It Again? (2021) See more »

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This Wheel's On Fire
Written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko
Performed by Debbie Harry (as Deborah Harry) and Adrian Edmondson
(Series 5 Theme Song)
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Back and darker than ever
9 December 2001 | by Britlaw1See all my reviews

Another six new episodes were shown in the UK in September and October 2001 after a gap of five years, probably after the pilot for a new Saunders series ('Mirrorball') with virtually the same cast got nowhere.

The new series was much darker than the earlier ones, and if you thought they were cruel wait till you see these.

That said it is still the funniest thing on. It is shaping up to be a classic like 'Steptoe and Son' - (for our American readers it was remade for you from our scripts as Sandford and Son) and with the same generational battle going on, with the main premise being the reversal of the usual roles, so that the young daughter is the responsible one.

Joanna Lumley, one of the nicest actresses around and an occasional columnist in the 'Times' again invests Patsy with great power dressing, disdainful looks that can curdle milk and horrendous self interest.

Jane Horrocks (who has grown to be a huge star from her original bit part in this show nearly ten years ago) still appears as Bubble in the new series but now has a dual role as an inane but ambitious day time chat queen Katy Grin.

Ruby Wax is again script editor and her influence is obvious in some of the sharper lines, and as in the third series she does a cameo (as a moustachioed post menopausal woman)in the episode about Eddie reaching the 'change'.

Has a huge gay following (well Patsy virtually is a drag queen, a point made several times in the third series)- in the UK gay pubs and clubs scheduled their events not to clash with its 9pm Friday slot on BBC1.


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Release Date:

24 July 1994 (USA) See more »

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Absolutely Fabulous See more »

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(37 episodes) | (2 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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