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  • Feb 24, 2002
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Get ready, darlings, because the comedy masterwork from Jennifer Saunders is back and better than ever on DVD. This disc features all six episodes of Series One, digitally remastered and with a fair few extras.

FASHION - How should Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) prepare for their latest celebrity fashion show? How about starting with a glass of bolly or two?!

FAT - Edina's worst ememy Penny Caspar (Alexandra Bastedo) is coming to town, and she must lose weight, fast! Emergency lyposuction is needed!

FRANCE - The ideal getaway, but will Edina and Patsy get through customs with, er...their stash?

ISO TANK - Banned from attending Saffy's (Julia Sawalha) college open day, Edina sulks in her brand-new isolation tank. But she's got a few tricks up her Lacroix sleeves yet!

BIRTHDAY - The acursed day has arrvived, the dreaded 40th birthday for Edina! And Saffy has had the nerve to invite her two ex-husbands and their new spouses for a birthday lunch! It's a good thing Patsy will be there for "moral support".

MAGAZINE - Edina's estatic. She's got a new man and she's stayed out until morning. Patsy's pretty bloody jealous and she's got to go to work - if she can remember where her office is.

With June Whitfield (Mother), Jane Horrocks (Bubble), Mo Gaffney (Bo) and Dawn French (TV presenter).

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Byron has been actively involved in theatre since the age of 12. He has had a great variety of roles (both on-stage and off). In addition he has hosted the long-running "Show Business" programme … more
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Few things in life are more deliriously satisfying than an episode ofAbsolutely Fabulous. The first series of this Britcom burst out of the gate fully formed and viciously funny: Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders,French & Saunders,Shrek 2), a publicist who will drink, snort, or eat anything put in front of her, lives with her daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha,Chicken Run), who rebels against her compulsively bohemian mother by being as sensible and straight-laced as possible. She might have some influence over the easily swayed Eddy...were it not for Edina's best friend and topnotch enabler, Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley,The New Avengers), a terrifying fashion director who drinks and snorts even more substances than Edina. This comic triangle has chemistry beyond compare. The first season is the purest, mining the most humor from the role-reversal of Saffron trying to parent Edina and from the sheer excess of Patsy and Edina's appetites. Saunders wrote all six episodes; her dialogue sparkles like a gem and cuts like a razor, savaging every trend imaginable, mocking the fashion world, dieting, women's magazines, liposuction, collagen treatments, resisting growing old, France--nothing is sacred and nothing is spared.Absolutely Fabulousis unadulterated perfection, simply one of the funniest sitcoms ever made, British or American. The only extras are a small handful of outtakes and deleted scenes, but when the shows are this good, extras are superfluous.--Bret Fetzer
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Genre: Comedy
Studio: BBC Warner
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001

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