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Everyone knew that Jennifer Saunders was funny from her years of comedy specials with Dawn French asFrench & Saunders; but who would have thought that Joanna Lumley, previously best known as Patrick Macnee's girl-spy sidekick onThe New Avengers, was such a bang-on comedienne? In the second series ofAbsolutely Fabulous, every appearance of human gargoyle Patsy Stone (Lumley, looking like the mutant love child of Keith Richards and Ivana Trump) is a comictour de force--she slumps into a room like a marionette with its strings cut, unleashes a rotting-corpse grin or a reptilian scowl, supports Edina in every half-wit scheme and leaches off of her like an intestinal parasite. Series 2 is pretty bang-on throughout and manages to give the characters--Patsy, infantile p.r. agent Edina Monsoon (Saunders), Edina's long-suffering daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha,Chicken Run), Edina's mother (June Whitfield, co-star of manyCarry Onmovies), and Edina's dimwitted assistant Bubble (Jane Horrocks,Life is Sweet)--greater emotional range without losing an iota of scathing humor. Face-lifts, Morocco, alimony, rebirthing, and the death of Edina's father are all fodder for sharp, unflinching satire. But the core theme of the season is the unhealthily enmeshed friendship between Edina and Patsy, which sparks jealousy and backbiting but, when the chips are down (or the champagne and diet pills running low), an undying loyalty. Truly one of the richest and funniest Britcoms of all time.--Bret Fetzer
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Genre:  Comedy
Studio:  BBC Warner
CastJoanna Lumley, June Whitfield, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Jennifer Saunders
DVD Release Date:  March 13, 2001
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Get ready darlings, because ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS continues in its second series on DVD, with all six remastered episodes along with a fair few extras.HOSPITAL - Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) has got a week to look 35 for a Hello! Magazine photo shoot - cue a trip to the hospital for a face peel and eye rejuvenation.DEATH - Edina Monsoon's (Jennifer Saunders) father is dead. But is it art?MOROCC0 - Edina and Patsy jet off to Morocco for cheap drugs and underage sex, but with Saffy (Julia Sawalha) in …
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