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care for a third helping, darlings?

  • Jun 27, 2002
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Break out the Bolly and the Japanese finger-food for the third hilarious series of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, the show that is - well - absolutely fabulous!

DOORHANDLE - Edina's got an electronic organiser and a plan to become a model (of efficiency, that is). And what's more efficient than flying to New York on the Concorde for a doorknob?

HAPPY NEW YEAR - It's New Year's Eve and Edina's got a full house - including Patsy's ultra-glam sister Jackie. But Edina's not going to let the crowd interfere with her resolution to have more fun!

SEX - Edina and Patsy plan to get in touch with their inner sexuality - they're planning an orgy!

JEALOUS - Edina's feeling low and needs an award for her PR work to make her feel better. Supermodel Naomi Campbell could be her ticket to success (that's if arch-rival Claudia Bing doesn't get to her first!).

FEAR - Saffy's moved out and Mother has become a Shopping Network junkie. Patsy might be moving to New York and suddenly Edina is free to change the whole direction of her life. Straight down could be a refreshing course!

THE END - Cosmodrama, deep breathing, sand play - Edina's on a quest for inner peace and enlightenment. Before the search drives her crazy, she'd better find Patsy in New York...

With Jennifer Saunders (Edina), Joanna Lumley (Patsy), Julia Sawalha (Saffy), June Whitfield (Mother) and Kathy Burke (Magda).

Guest starring Helen Lederer, Gary Beadle, Lulu, Celia Imrie, Naomi Campbell, Ruby Wax, Josie Lawrence and Kate O'Mara.

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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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The third series of BritcomAbsolutely Fabulousmaintains the dizzyingly high quality of the first two while striking out in new directions. Big events happen throughout the six episodes: Sensible, repressed Saffron (Julia Sawalha,Chicken Run) moves out of the house of her catastrophically trendy mother Edina (writer/creator Jennifer Saunders,Shrek 2); voraciously drug-addled Patsy (Joanna Lumley,The New Avengers) is revealed to have a sister who's the darling of the jet-set scene; Edina fires her daft assistant Bubble (Jane Horrocks,Little Voice); and Patsy and Edina have a genuine falling out as Patsy considers a career move to New York City. Of course, what remains constant is the astonishing ability of Edina and Patsy to wallow in every aspect of female excess like fashionable pigs in designer mud. Saunders and Lumley are razor-sharp, turning everything from a morning's greeting to planning an orgy into egregious, hysterically funny bad behavior. Sawalha, Horrocks, and June Whitfield as Edina's white-haired mother all have their own moments of glory--Bubble, in particular, has scenes of idiocy that verge on performance art, while poor Saffron is one of the most sympathetic characters in the history of television.Absolutely Fabulousis one of the high points of comedy, the brilliant evolutionary link betweenMonty Python's Flying CircusandArrested Development. Essential viewing.--Bret Fetzer
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Genre: Comedy
Studio: BBC Warner
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001

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