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Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by, written by and starring Jennifer Saunders (Blandings, This Is Jinsy, Dead Boss). It is based on a 1990 French & Saunders sketch created by Saunders and Dawn French.
The series features Saunders as Edina Monsoon, a heavy-drinking, drug-abusing PR agent who spends her time chasing bizarre fads in a desperate attempt to stay young and “hip”. Edina is joined in her quest by magazine editor Patsy Stone (played by Joanna Lumley), her best friend and enabler, whose drug abuse, alcohol consumption, and promiscuity far eclipse Edina’s comparatively mild self-destructive behaviour. Despite being a middle-aged, twice-divorced career woman, Edina is reliant upon the support of her daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha), a secondary school pupil (and later university student) whose constant care of her mother has left her a bitter cynic. The series also stars June Whitfield as Edina’s sarcastic and thieving mother, and Jane Horrocks as Edina’s brainless personal assistant.
Absolutely Fabulous returned for three special episodes which were originally broadcast on 25 December 2011, 1 January 2012 and 23 July 2012 to mark the show’s 20th anniversary. The episode broadcast on 23 July 2012 featured the 2012 Summer Olympics which were being held in London that week.
A film based on the series will be released to theatres on 1 July 2016.
Edina “Eddy” Monsoon (Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Lumley) are a pair of high-powered career women on the London fashion scene. Eddy runs her own PR firm, and Patsy holds a sinecure position at a top British fashion magazine. The two women use their considerable financial resources to indulge in alcohol, recreational drugs, and chasing the latest fads in an attempt to maintain their youth and recapture their glory days as Mods in Swinging London. In 2011, they are still chain-smokers. The partnership is largely driven by Patsy, who is both co-dependent and enabler to Eddy. Their lifestyle inevitably leads to a variety of personal crises, which are invariably resolved by Eddy’s daughter, Saffron Monsoon (Julia Sawalha), whose constant involvement in their exploits have left her increasingly bitter and cynical.
|Jennifer Saunders||Edina Monsoon||1992–1996, 2001-2005, 2011–12, 2016|
|Joanna Lumley (Mistresses, Clatterford, Sensitive Skin)||Patsy Stone|
|Julia Sawalha (Lark Rise and Candleford, Cranford, Jonathan Creek)||Saffron Monsoon|
|June Whitfield (Last of the Summer Wine)||Mother|
|Jane Horrocks (Trollied, Little Princess)||Bubble, Katy Grin, Lola, Radio voice|
|Christopher Ryan (Doctor Who, Bottom)||Marshall Turtle||1992–1996, 2001-2004, 2012, 2016|
|Mo Gaffney (House of Lies, The ’70s Show)||Bo Turtle (née Crysalis)||1992–1996, 2001-2004, 2012, 2016|
|Naoko Mori (Hot Tub Ranking, Psychos)||Sarah||1992–1996, 2001-2004, 2011|
|Christopher Malcolm (Never Say Die)||Justin||1992–1996, 2001-2004, 2011|
|Helen Lederer (Hollyoaks, Old Jack’s Boat)||Catriona||1992–1996, 2001-2004, 2012, 2016|
|Harriet Thorpe (Doctors)||Fleur||1992–1996, 2001-2004, 2012, 2016|
|Gary Beadle (EastEnders)||Oliver||1992–1996|
|Kathy Burke (Gimme Gimme Gimme, Walking and Talking)||Magda||1992–1996, 2016|
|Celia Imrie (Better Things, Titanic)||Claudia Bing||1995, 2001, 2016|
|Eleanor Bron (Fat Friends)||Patsy’s Mother||1992, 2003|
|Kate O’Mara (Doctor Who, Howard’s Way, Bad Girls)||Jackie Stone||1995, 2003|