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How to Be Absolutely Fabulous Watch online. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley give us a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of "Absolutely Fabulous. the ultimate gay/camp/kitsch-icon show of all time. Welcome back! After yesterdays guide to dressing like Patsy Stone, we need to explore the yang to her yin, the Scooby to her Shaggy, the sprawling mess of birthday trifle to her sensible cucumber sandwiches: Edina Monsoon. Over the next few pages well have a look at some of Eddies most striking (and eyewatering) fashion statements, and why she feels compelled to wear them. This is designed to be a public service, so that you can, as the style magazines say, get her look. Why you would want to do this is entirely your own affair. 1: Hair – This is the one constant in Edinas look, so youve got to get it right. If youre blessed with naturally curly hair, you just need that dark reddish tint (its probably got a proper name, like Titian Shadow or Strawberries At Night) and youre set. If not, well, you can go for a tight perm (note: dont go for a tight perm) or spend ages using rollers or curling tongs. Or get a wig. In fact, unless you love Edinas hair and wish to wear it for always, get a wig. 2: Headgear – The beauty of attempting to dress like Edina is that nothing is off the table (except timeless good taste. So that means you can chase any amount of hats, from wide-brimmed cowgirl (see pic) to burberry fishing hats to knitted skullcaps, and you wont ever be wrong. 3: Jacket – This is the classic Eddie jacket, the bright jigsaw-piece eyepoker from the early days of Ab Fab. The key with Eddie is to look at whatever is going on right now, fashion-wise, and get the youngest, loudest, least-subtle version of that, the kind of thing a teenager would buy on a dare. Eddie is driven by the idea that she is still in touch with modern culture, which means modern youth culture, so whatever ‘the kids are into, so is she. 3: Jacket (part 2) – Not that Edina is afraid to try something a little more couture, but it still has to be essentially preposterous. 4: Tops – Classic Edina is all about the spiritual, so think patchwork, or those fractal long-sleeved T-shirts with astrological signs on them, or expensive tie-dye fabrics (especially with wildly clashing colors) are all good. And if it doesnt go with the jacket, so much the better! 5: The lower half – Well this will largely be dictated by whatever astonishing creation adorns your upper half. This picture, for example, sees our heroine wearing those three-quarter-length space pants that were hot in the early naughties. If you can get some, buy a size too small, to emphasise the ‘mutton dressed as lamb aspect of Edinas signature look. 6: Shoes – brash and uncomfortable, or just plain odd. Anything which increases the likelihood of a tumble in the middle of a moment of strutting peacock pomposity is even better. 7: Makeup – Edina thinks of herself as a bit of an Earth Mother, and so shes not often that lavish with the makeup. Theres a lot of natural tones rather than garish red lips and dark eyes. Same with fingernails. For all that shes brash with clothes, its less apparent with her makeup. 8: Accessories – Lots and lots of rings, the more hand-made and hippyish (and therefore spiritual) the better. Turquoise is a particular favorite, and you can get a couple of bangles too. Talismanic neckwear (anything from rope gold to leather medals to crystals) is a must too. Facial expression – Pick an object in the middle distance and let your eyes go out of focus, then glare at it, as if its a book that you are trying to read, but it wont keep still. Get annoyed with it. Then suck your cheeks in. Then, while doing all of the above, try and work out the square root of Wednesday. Now look in the mirror. Thats the face you want. And there we have it! If youve followed all of our instructions you should now be able to bellow “sweetie darling” while dangling a cigarette from your mouth and pouring a glass of champagne with total confidence. Enjoy! Read More.

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our cookie policy. How to be absolutely fabulous watch online movies. W hen the Pulitzer prize-winning author Jennifer Egan was interviewed recently, she noted: When you try to write satire in America the reality catches up with you and takes over. By the time the book comes out it's already naturalism. " The same could be applied in Britain to the reprisal of that tour de force comedy and searing satire on the rise of the 90s media elite, Absolutely Fabulous. News that Jennifer Saunders is reviving the show for three episodes to mark its 20th anniversary next year could not be timelier. Two decades later, could the series seem any more prophetic? Edina, the hard-boiled, label-hungry PR guru, and Patsy, her addiction-fuelled magazine editor sidekick, now look like prescient visions of the future. When they first emerged on screen they endeared through preposterousness. With their minute-long obsessions and faux-ethical bandwagons, the pair cascaded from one catastrophe to the next. Yet what was once recognisably absurd has become absurdly recognisable. A preponderance of Ab Fab-type figures now clog the cultural landscape. It is almost as if there is nothing left to ironise. Simon Cowell, Mary Portas, the Beckhams, Gok Wan, Nigella Lawson and any number of Premier League footballers all come replete with their own free-floating relationship with comic cliche. We are treated to tales that sound as if they were plucked straight from an Absolutely Fabulous storyboarding meeting. There's Alex James, the former coke-addled rock star who opened a cheese farm in his countryside pile. Here's Angelina Jolie, displaying her global awareness one adopted baby at a time. There's Gwyneth Paltrow's commercial repositioning with a holistic self-help website. Sex and the City has built an entire franchise out of repeating Patsy's mantra: that nothing cannot be solved by the purchase of a fancy pair of shoes. The Financial Times's How To Spend It magazine has become a latter-day Ab Fab manual. What started as a sly poke at ridiculous figures of fun has become a new aspirational model. Patsy's cries of "Bolly. and "Lacroix. in response to any impending crisis predated the late 90s snowballing of branding culture, from smart phones to handbags. In order to make a new series of Absolutely Fabulous work, Jennifer Saunders is going to have to work extra hard when the country already provides her with a former PR as prime minister, his wife with a creative directorship of a luxury goods company and his sister-in-law on the masthead at Vogue. In 2011, Britain is led by a family whose prime motor skill is fabulising stuff, absolutely. And TV itself is driven by an engine of all-consuming self-improvement. Good taste and ceaseless acquisition have become indivisible. In straitened economic times, the audience is even more captive than usual. Pimp your home, improve your dress sense, cook fancy food. Since you can't afford to leave your sofa, these opulent diversions from the hamster's wheel become more, not less exciting. So the Ab Fab generation has come of age. It will be marvellous to see how Patsy, Edina and the rest of the cast have progressed since they last graced the screen. And it will be fascinating to observe how they cope with recession. "Austerity chic" was surely a gift catchphrase coined at the first script meeting. Saunders may choose to refrain from making any implicit reference to recent comments made by Jane Horrocks – the actress who brought to life Edina's ditzy assistant, Bubble – in a case of life imitating art. Horrocks claimed that she'd named her north London mansion Tesco Towers, after paying for it with the proceeds of the numerous advertising campaigns she'd fronted for the supermarket goliath, then bemoaned the fact that it was "full of chavs. The tipping point from Absolutely Fabulous to absolutely fatuous is upon us. Ms Saunders's work may be cut out for her.



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Absolutely Fabulous Title card (2011–2012) Genre Sitcom Created by Jennifer Saunders Dawn French (original sketch) Starring Jennifer Saunders Joanna Lumley Julia Sawalha June Whitfield Jane Horrocks Opening theme " This Wheel's on Fire " performed by Julie Driscoll and Ade Edmondson, later by Debbie Harry and Ade Edmondson Country of origin United Kingdom Original language(s) English No. of series 5 No. of episodes 39 (including 7 specials. list of episodes) Production Camera setup Video (1992–2012) Multiple camera Running time 30–60 minutes Production company(s) Saunders & French Productions BBC Productions BBC America (2011–2012) Logo (2011–2012) Distributor BBC Worldwide 2entertain ABC (Australia, home video) Warner Home Video (US, home video) Release Original network BBC Two (series 1) BBC One (series 2 onwards) Picture format 576i (4:3 SDTV) 1992–1996) 576i (16:9 SDTV) 2001–2004) 1080i (16:9 HDTV) 2011–2012) Audio format Stereo (1992–2005) Dolby Digital 5. 1 (2011–12) Original release Original series: 12 November 1992 – 7 November 1996 Revived series: 31 August 2001 – 25 December 2004 20th anniversary specials: 25 December 2011 – 23 July 2012 External links Website Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is an award-winning British television sitcom created by and written by Jennifer Saunders who also stars as one of the main characters alongside Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha. It is based on the 1990 French & Saunders sketch " Modern Mother and Daughter. created by Saunders and Dawn French. The series features Edina Monsoon (Saunders) a heavy-drinking, drug-abusing PR agent who spends her time failing to lose weight and chasing bizarre fads in a desperate attempt to stay young and "hip. Edina is joined by magazine fashion director Patsy Stone (Lumley) whose drug abuse, alcohol consumption and desperate promiscuity far eclipse Edina's. Edina is reliant upon the support of her daughter Saffron (Sawalha) a student and aspiring writer whose constant care of her immature mother has left her a bitter cynic. The series also stars June Whitfield in a supporting role as Edina's dotty, sarcastic and often thieving mother who appears in nearly all of the episodes. Jane Horrocks as Edina's utterly brainless personal assistant Bubble also features in many of the episodes. In 2000, the show was ranked number 17 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes by the British Film Institute. Absolutely Fabulous returned for three special episodes which were originally aired 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 was released to theatres on 1 July 2016. On 28 November 2016, Saunders announced that the series had ended. Premise [ edit] Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Saunders) and Patricia "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 cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs and to chase the latest fads in an attempt to maintain their youth and recapture their glory days as Mods in swinging London. 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, whose constant involvement in their exploits has left her increasingly bitter and cynical. Eddy's mother is also present in their routines, often helping Saffy with the cooking and cleaning at home; despite this, though, Eddy and Mother have a strained relationship, rarely being left alone together and disagreeing on virtually everything. Also recurring in their lives are both of Eddy's ex-husbands, Marshall and Justin, and their respective new partners, the American hippie Bo, and the acidic antique dealer Oliver. Production [ edit] The first three series were broadcast on the BBC from 1992 to 1995, followed by a series finale in the form of a two-part television film entitled The Last Shout in 1996. Creator Jennifer Saunders revived the show for a fourth series in 2001, after having written and submitted a pilot entitled Mirrorball, which recruited nearly all of the original cast in new roles. The pilot was intended to be turned into a series of episodes. However, Saunders felt the characters were far too rich and interesting to put aside, and were far better suited for her new story ideas. Instead of Mirrorball, a new series of Absolutely Fabulous was proposed to the BBC, which later commissioned the fourth series in 2001. From 2001 to 2004, two full series were produced, along with three one-off hour-long specials; Gay (retitled and issued as Absolutely Fabulous in New York for the United States) in 2002, Cold Turkey, a Christmas special in 2003, and White Box (another series finale) which aired in 2004. A Comic Relief sketch was broadcast in 2005. In August 2011, Lumley confirmed the planned filming of three new episodes. [1] In 2011, plans for a 20th anniversary revival were welcomed in The Guardian, which applauded the show as "prophetic. 2] The first new special was broadcast on 25 December with the second episode being shown on 1 January 2012. The third, and final special coincided with the 2012 Summer Olympics, with Stella McCartney appearing in a cameo role. A film version of the series was released in summer 2016. [3] 4] In the United States, the first of the three new 20th anniversary specials aired in January 2012 for broadcast by both BBC America and Logo Channel. Both channels also co-produced the 20th Anniversary episodes, although Logo removed some scenes for its airings. BBC America broadcast it in full. Both channels aired the episode in a 40-minute block to allow for commercial interruptions. Absolutely Fabulous is ranked as the 17th greatest British TV show of all time by the British Film Institute. A scene from the show was included in the 100 Greatest TV Moments programme broadcast by Channel 4. In 1997, the pilot episode, Fashion" was ranked number 47 on TV Guide's "100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time" list. [5] In 2004 and 2007, the series was ranked number 24 and number 29 on TV Guide 's Top Cult Shows Ever list. [6] Background [ edit] Absolutely Fabulous evolved from a French & Saunders sketch called "Modern Mother and Daughter" from series 3 episode 6) which starred Saunders as the mother (named 'Adrianna' and French as the daughter, already named Saffron. The sketch revolved around a middle-aged, single mother who acted like a teenager, and was reliant upon the emotional and financial support of her teenage daughter, who behaved like a middle-aged woman. It has no connection, other than the character's name, to the earlier film Eddie Monsoon: A Life? a comedy play written by Saunders' husband Adrian Edmondson in 1984 for the TV series The Comic Strip Presents. The name "Edina Monsoon" is derived from Edmondson's name and "Eddy Monsoon" is a nickname of his. According to an article published in The Times, the character of Edina was based on Lynne Franks. [7] Franks believed Saunders had observed her and her children in detail after joining them on a family holiday. Josh Howie, Franks' son, reported that his mother was upset because one of her best friends "had taken the piss out of her" in a TV show. [7] Saunders revealed in 2012 that she was also inspired by pop band Bananarama with whom she and Dawn French had become friends after their Comic Relief collaboration in 1989. "The nights with Bananarama were some of the best nights of my life, and I got a lot of gags from Bananarama because they were big vodka I started doing AbFab, I remembered all of the falls that I saw Bananarama do. I once saw one of them coming out of a cab bottom first and hitting the road, and I thought 'that's class. 8] Although Ab Fab was produced by Saunders and French's production company, Dawn French appeared on the show only once, in a cameo in the first-series episode "Magazine" before making a brief cameo in the 2016 film. Three new specials were announced to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary with the first special, Identity" airing on 25 December 2011. Jon Plowman, executive producer and original producer of the series, said: Viewers have been fantastically loyal in their devotion to our show, so we're really thrilled to say that it's coming back for three new shows to celebrate our 20th anniversary. All of the originals who are back together again are still truly absolutely fabulous and the new adventures of Edina, Patsy, Saffy, Bubble and Mother, plus a few surprising guests, will be a real treat for viewers. Saunders announced in November 2011 that she had begun work on a film version of the series. [9] Cast and characters [ edit] Special guests [ edit] Many celebrities, mainly British or American, appeared in the series, most of them as themselves. They include: Episodes [ edit] Absolutely Fabulous first aired on 12 November 1992 and ran for three series, until 11 May 1995, when the sixth episode of series 3 was billed as the last ever episode. However, the following year in November 1996, two specials called "The Last Shout" were broadcast and were also billed as the last ever episodes. Both episodes featured end sequences with flashes to the future. However, after writing Mirrorball, Jennifer Saunders decided she had more ideas, 10] leading to a fourth series, which premiered on 31 August 2001, while a subsequent special airing in 2002. A fifth series premiered on 17 October 2003, and another special, which aired on 25 December 2004. This was followed by a short special for Comic Relief in March 2005. In July 2005, Saunders announced she would not be writing or playing Edina again, stating "The 6am calls to go to make-up and all the promotional work wear you down. I would like to write and direct—that would be my joy. However, in November 2010, Lumley revealed to Playbill magazine that she had recently spoken to Saunders about the possibility of filming a new series. [1] Lumley and Saunders reunited for the M&S Christmas advert in 2009, along with other stars such as Twiggy and Stephen Fry. On 29 August 2011, it was announced that a further series of three programmes was being made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original production. The first of these, Identity" was shown on Christmas Day 2011 and the second, Job" was shown on New Year's Day 2012. The last, entitled "Olympics" aired on 23 July 2012. [11] The episodes were jointly co-produced by Logo, and BBC America in the US. [12] On 3 January 2012, following the success of the 20th Anniversary Specials, it was rumoured that Saunders was set to write another Christmas special for 2012. The BBC were rumoured to also be urging her to write a sixth series for 2013. [13] Saunders denied the reports of additional episodes via her Twitter account. On 29 November 2016, Jennifer Saunders confirmed that "She was done" with Absolutely Fabulous and it would not be returning to television for another series, or specials, nor would a sequel to the film be made. Saunders now wishes to focus on new projects and spend more time with her family. [14] Film [ edit] In 2011, prior to the release of the new episodes for 2011/2012, Deadline Hollywood reported that Saunders planned to begin writing a script for a film of Absolutely Fabulous in 2012. The film would begin with Edina and Patsy waking up on an oligarch's deserted yacht, drifting in the ocean. [15] Saunders later said that the film will be set on the French Riviera. [16] In March 2012, Saunders confirmed that she was working on the script. [17] She said of the film's plotline: Eddy and Patsy are looking for what they imagine glamorous life should be. They're constantly searching for that perfect place to sit or that perfect pair of sunglasses. It's Shangri-La and it just might be round the next corner. In the meantime, they decide to take Saffy's (Julia Sawalha) daughter off her – she calls her Jane, I call her Lola – but then they lose her. [17] Saunders also stated that now that she had announced plans for a feature, there was no going back. She would do it for no other reason than to have her alter-ego and Patsy walk down the red carpet at the film's premiere. [17] In April 2013 Saunders said on the Alan Carr Chatty Man show that she had doubts about the film as she felt the cast were "too old. She felt pressure to write it and didn't want to commit herself to it at this early stage. [18] On 4 January 2014 whilst appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, Saunders officially confirmed that the movie will definitely be happening, as she felt obliged to write a script for a film adaptation after threatening it for so long. [19] Saunders was quoted as saying. Joanna Lumley kept announcing it and saying, Yes she's going to do it. and then Dawn French on our radio show at Christmas said, I bet 100, 000 that you don't write it. so now I have to write it, otherwise I have to pay her 100, 000. 20] In April 2014, Saunders again confirmed on BBC Breakfast that she was in the process of writing the film, and gave a prospective release date of sometime during 2015. [21] Principal photography on the film began on 12 October 2015 in the south of France [22] 23] and it premiered in London on 29 June 2016. Theme song [ edit] The theme song for Absolutely Fabulous is " This Wheel's on Fire. written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko and performed by Julie Driscoll and Saunders' husband Adrian Edmondson. The song was also sung by Marianne Faithfull and P. P. Arnold for the "Last Shout" special in 1996. Hermine Demoriane sang a French version of the theme song over the closing credits of the episode "Paris. citation needed] At the end of the episode "Birthday" Edina and Patsy sang the song together using a karaoke machine. More recently, it has been sung by Debbie Harry, who also guest-starred in the 2002 Christmas special "Gay. For series four, a line sung by David Bowie, Ziggy played guitar" from the song " Ziggy Stardust " played at the end of each episode. Due to copyright issues, the theme song is missing from many of the US Region 1 DVDs, being replaced by an instrumental version of the song. Also excised from the US DVD release is the musical number from Chicago performed by Horrocks, Gaffney, and Ryan, during a dream sequence in the series 5 episode "Birthin. In addition to the official theme song, in 1994, Pet Shop Boys recorded a song for Comic Relief using excerpts of dialogue from the series put to dance music. The single was attributed to "Absolutely Fabulous produced by Pet Shop Boys. It peaked at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1994. The music video featured clips from the show and specially recorded footage of the Pet Shop Boys with Patsy and Edina. On 10 June 2016, Kylie Minogue released her version of "This Wheels on Fire" for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, prior to the film's release in July 2016. Other countries [ edit] In the United States, Absolutely Fabulous has been broadcast on Comedy Central, some public television stations, but not as part of the PBS program offerings, BBC America, Oxygen Network, and as of 2011, Logo, a gay-oriented channel. [24] In Canada, the programme has appeared on the BBC Canada, the CBC, The Comedy Network, and VisionTV. In Australia, all series were originally shown on the ABC, and on cable on, and moved to The Comedy Channel in 2007. Repeats of the first three series were also shown on the Seven network. The ABC continues to show it sporadically and shows Christmas Specials and occasional repeats of series 5 episodes. ABC2 also shows repeats of the show. As of 6–7 August 2016 the series was shown on Nine Network 's sister channel 9Gem to promote the upcoming film adaption. In New Zealand all five series were broadcast on TVNZ. In India, all five series, including the specials, have been shown on BBC Entertainment. In Portugal, Ab Fab has been shown on RTP2. In Serbia, the first series was aired in 1998, through a network of local television stations. In 2004 the series was aired in its entirety on B92, while in the Czech Republic all episodes have been shown. In North Macedonia, all episodes have been shown a couple of times on Sitel. In the Netherlands and Flanders, the series is popular, still being regularly re-broadcast by the VPRO and Canvas, respectively. In Sweden, all episodes were first broadcast by SVT, but reruns have later appeared on other channels. In Germany, it was broadcast by the Franco-German TV network Arte and gay-oriented channel TIMM. In France, before it was rerun on terrestrial TV arte, it was successively premiered on pay TV channel Canal. cable channel Jimmy, and is now broadcast on France 4. In Finland, the series was broadcast by YLE TV1. In Estonia, the series was broadcast by ETV. In Brazil, it was aired on GNT. In Poland, two series were broadcast by Wizja Jeden, later by TVP3, TVN7 and BBC Entertainment. In Israel, some of the series was aired on Yes Plus and on BBC Entertainment. Adaptations and related shows [ edit] Absolutely Fabulous inspired a French feature film, called Absolument fabuleux, in 2001. It was written and directed by Gabriel Aghion, and starred Josiane Balasko as Eddy and Nathalie Baye as Patsy. Saunders had a small cameo alongside Catherine Deneuve as a spectator at a fashion show. Amanda Lear was asked to play the part of Patsy but turned it down laughingly, saying she'd "already lived it. citation needed] A proposed American remake that would have starred Carrie Fisher and Barbara Carrera was put into motion by Roseanne Barr but never got off the ground. However, Barr did incorporate many elements of the show into the ninth season of her eponymous show Roseanne, in which her character wins the lottery: Saunders and Lumley reprised their characters Edina and Patsy, and Mo Gaffney also appeared in the episode, but not as her character Bo. [10] Two later American sitcoms, Cybill [25] and High Society, 26] also adapted elements of Absolutely Fabulous for the American audience. [27] It was announced on 7 October 2008 that an American version of the series was in the works. The series was to be relocated to Los Angeles. Saturday Night Live writer Christine Zander worked on the new scripts and would have been executive producer along with Saunders and BBC Worldwide 's Ian Moffitt. Sony Pictures Television, BBC Worldwide, and indie Tantamount were producing the new series for Fox, which greenlighted the pilot as a possible Fall 2009 entry [28] 29] with Kathryn Hahn as Eddy and Kristen Johnston as Patsy. [30] In May 2009, Fox decided not to commission a full series. [31] The stage for the kitchen in Ab Fab was subsequently used as the stage for the shop in the British comedy Miranda. Miranda Hart, creator of the show, had previously appeared on Absolutely Fabulous. Mirrorball [ edit] Mirrorball was a pilot set in the London theatre scene, starring the cast of Absolutely Fabulous as alternative characters. While writing and filming the show, Saunders was inspired to revive Absolutely Fabulous for a fourth series, which resulted in her abandoning Mirrorball. It was eventually aired as a television special, and is included as a special feature on the DVD of the fourth season. Home media [ edit] Absolutely Fabulous was initially released on VHS in the UK by BBC Video ending with the eight-VHS box set Series 1–4 in November 2002. In the United States, series 1 and 2 were released together on Laserdisc by CBS/FOX in a boxed set in 1995, followed by series 3, released by CBS/FOX the following year and "The Last Shout" released by Image Entertainment in 1997. All episodes were later released on DVD, including a five-DVD box set titled The Complete DVD Collection: Series 1–4 in 2002. All releases were distributed by BBC Video and 2 Entertain (post 2004) except for The Last Shout which was released by Vision Video and Universal Studios. The entire series is also available on demand on iTunes. When the first three series were re-released on DVD, they did not include corresponding cover photography to their series: Series 1 included an image from the Series 3 episode "Jealous" Series 2 had an image from Series 3 episode "Doorhandle" and Series 3 is from the Series 2 episode "Poor. All other releases included imagery from the correct series, as do the original VHS releases. In North America, all episodes have been released on DVD by BBC Video and Warner Home Video, including a complete collection named Absolutely Everything. The Last Shout and Gay (which were released in the UK individually) were released as a collection called Absolutely Special in 2003. Another feature-length special White Box was released exclusively to the American market. It was eventually released in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2010 with its inclusion in the Absolutely Everything box set. Other releases include Absolutely Not, a bloopers and outtakes collection, and Absolutely Fabulous: A Life (released as "Ab Fab: Moments" in the United States exclusively to VHS) a mockumentary including 15 minutes of new material interspersed with clips from the series. Both were only released on VHS in the UK; the latter was also released as a special feature on the box set release Absolutely Everything in America. Save for "The Last Shout" and the specials "Gay" aka "Absolutely Fabulous in New York. and "White Box" the entire series is available to stream via Hulu. The series is also available on Netflix. UK releases [ edit] In the United Kingdom, VHS releases were distributed by BBC Video, except The Last Shout which was released by Vision Video, the final release being in 2002. VHS releases in the UK Year Title Release date Release information Running time 1993 Series 1: Fashion / Fat / France 4 October 1993 Episodes 1–3 from Series 1 86:00 Series 1: Iso Tank / Birthday / Magazine Episodes 4–6 from Series 1 87:00 1994 Series 2: Hospital / Death / Morocco 19 October 1994 Episodes 1–3 from Series 2 88:00 Series 2: New Best Friend / Poor / Birth Episodes 4–6 from Series 2 1995 The Complete Series 1 3 July 1995 Double VHS Collection containing all 6 episodes from Series 1 173:00 Series 3: Doorhandle / Happy New Year / Sex 2 October 1995 Episodes 1–3 from Series 3 Series 3: Jealous / Fear / The End Episodes 4–6 from Series 3 84:00 Series 1–3 30 October 1995 6 VHS Box Set containing all 18 episodes from Series 1—3 518:00 1996 The Complete Series 2 3 June 1996 Double VHS Collection containing all 6 episodes from Series 2 175:00 The Last Shout 11 November 1996 Final Episodes Special Parts 1 & 2 100:00 1997 Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not 3 November 1997 The Designer Balls-Up Collection: contains bloopers and outtakes 58:00 1998 Absolutely Fabulous: A Life 2 November 1998 Mockumentary with 15 minutes of new material with clips from the series 78:00 2001 The Complete Series 4 19 November 2001 Single VHS tape containing all 6 episodes from Series 4 180:00 2002 The Complete Series 3 25 November 2002 Single VHS tape containing all 6 episodes from Series 3 176:00 Single VHS tape containing all 6 episodes from Series 2 – different packaging Single VHS tape containing all 6 episodes from Series 1 – different packaging Series 1–4 8-VHS Box Set containing all 24 episodes from Series 1–4 720:00 All episodes have now been released on DVD in the United Kingdom. "White Box" which was released in North America, was never available individually in the UK and was not available until its inclusion in the 2010 Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything box set. The North American release Absolutely Special has been released in the UK as two separate releases: The Last Shout and Gay. All releases in the UK were distributed by BBC Video except The Last Shout which was released by Vision Video. DVD releases in the UK Special features 2000 Series 1 20 November 2000 Episodes 1–6 of Series 1 15 minutes of outtakes, photo gallery, the original French and Saunders sketch 195:00 27 November 2000 Parts 1 & 2 of the Special Collection of classic moments, unbroadcastable outtakes 104:00 Series 2 1 October 2001 Episodes 1–6 of Series 2 15 minutes of outtakes, photo gallery Series 3 12 November 2001 Episodes 1–6 of Series 3 Series 4 8 April 2002 2- Disc set including episodes 1–6 of Series 4 pilot episode of Mirrorball (2000) commentary by Jennifer Saunders and Jon Plowman, 12 minutes of out-takes, behind the scenes interviews, photo gallery The Complete DVD Collection: Series 1–4 5 DVD Box Set containing Series 1–4 Mock-velvet packaging box with each series individually packaged inside, all special features are the same as series released 2003 Gay 29 September 2003 2002 Feature Length Special Outtakes, photo gallery 45:00 2004 Series 5 27 September 2004 2- Disc set including episodes 1–8 of Series 5 240:00 2010 Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything 15 November 2010 [32] 10 Disc Complete Collection including Series 1–5, The Last Shout, Gay, White Box plus extras How to Be Absolutely Fabulous: A behind-the-scenes look at Ab Fab, Absolutely Fabulous: A Life, Modern Mother and Daughter (the sketch that started it all by French and Saunders) Pilot episode of Mirrorball (2000) Joanna Lumley on Modeling, Rare outtakes, Photo galleries, Audio commentary on Series 4 by Jennifer Saunders and Jon Plowman 2012 Ab Fab at 20 30 July 2012 Includes all three specials from 2011–12 [33] 2014 Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything - The Definitive Edition 17 March 2014 11 Disc Complete Collection including Series 1–5, The Last Shout, Gay, White Box, and the Ab Fab at 20 specials plus extras North American releases [ edit] In North America, every episode of the series has been released. All releases are distributed by BBC Video and Warner Home Video. DVD releases in North America Complete Series 1 13 March 2001 13 September 2005 (re-released) Complete Series 2 Complete Series 3 Complete Series 4 5 February 2002 13 September 2005 (re-released) 2-disc set including Episodes 1–6 of Series 4 Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Special 30 September 2003 13 September 2005 (re-released) contains the two TV specials: The Last Shout and Absolutely Fabulous in New York (known in the UK as Gay) 150:00 2005 Complete Series 5 13 September 2005 2-disc set including Episodes 1–8 of Series 5 Complete Series 1–3 4 October 2005 3-disc set contains all 18 episodes from series 1–3 540:00 2007 White Box 16 October 2007 2004 Christmas Special 44:00 2008 27 May 2008 9-disc Complete Collection including Series 1–5, Absolutely Special, White Box plus extras: How to Be Absolutely Fabulous: A behind-the-scenes look at Ab Fab, Absolutely Fabulous: A Life, Modern Mother and Daughter (the sketch that started it all by French and Saunders) Before AbFab: two French & Saunders sketches, Pilot episode of Mirrorball (2000) Joanna Lumley on Modeling, Rare outtakes, Photo galleries, Audio commentary on Series 4 by Jennifer Saunders and Jon Plowman 1186:00 Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials 11 September 2012 [34] Australian releases [ edit] DVD releases in Australia 3 October 2001 28 February 2002 1 July 2002 20 July 2002 Parts 1 & 2 of the special length feature Classic moments, outtakes 8 August 2002 Episodes 1–6 of Series 4 Series 5 (plus Feature Length Special Gay) 8 April 2004 3-disc set including episodes 1–8 of Series 5 and special Gay 2 November 2005 How to Be Absolutely Fabulous outtakes, behind the scenes footage, celebrity voice messages on Edina's answering machine 2006 Absolutely Everything 20 April 2006 9-disc set contains Series 1–5, Gay and White Box (does not contain The Last Shout) 2½ hours of special features 2011 Absolutely Fabulous: Complete Collection 5 April 2011 [35] 10-disc complete collection including Series 1–5, The Last Shout, Gay, White Box plus extras All the special features of the Absolutely Everything UK DVD release; also in the same packaging. 16 August 2012 [36] 30 April 2014 11-Disc Set featuring Season 1–5, Absolutely Fabulous Special 2002: Gay, How To Be Absolutely Fabulous, Absolutely Fabulous Christmas Special 2004, Ab Fab at 20 Special features include: Outtakes, Scene Selection, Photo Gallery, The Original French & Saunders Sketch, Commentary by Jennifer Saunders and the Producer John Plowman, Behind the Scenes Interview, Pilot episode of Mirrorball, Ab Fab Does Sport Relief, Mistakin. Ratings [ edit] Episode Airdate Total viewers Rank (Top 30) 1 31 August 2001 8, 280, 000 10 2 7 September 2001 7, 590, 000 7 3 14 September 2001 7, 470, 000 15 4 21 September 2001 7, 340, 000 14 5 28 September 2001 7, 440, 000 12 6 5 October 2001 6, 640, 000 20 27 December 2002 8, 680, 000 Total Viewers 17 October 2003 7, 690, 000 8 24 October 2003 6, 800, 000 31 October 2003 6, 150, 000 7 November 2003 7, 020, 000 9 14 November 2003 7, 190, 000 28 November 2003 5, 220, 000 30 5 December 2003 5, 860, 000 13 24 December 2003 6, 910, 000 17 25 December 2004 6, 337, 000 19 20th Anniversary 25 December 2011 9, 070, 000 1 January 2012 7, 970, 000 23 July 2012 6, 380, 000 See also [ edit] List of Absolutely Fabulous episodes List of British television programmes List of programs broadcast by Comedy Central Notes [ edit] June Whitfield originally appeared in the series as a special guest star until the fourth episode of the third series after which she was billed as a main cast member References [ edit] a b Catriona Wightman (20 April 2011. Absolutely Fabulous' to return, says Joanna Lumley. Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 September 2011. ^ Flynn, Paul (29 August 2011. Why Absolutely Fabulous now looks absolutely prescient. The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 September 2011. ^ Jennifer Saunders 'definitely doing' Absolutely Fabulous movie" 29 December 2011, Digital Spy ^ Stella McCartney to star in Absolutely Fabulous. ^ Special Collectors' Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. TV Guide (28 June – 4 July. 1997. ^ TV Guide Names the Top Cult Shows Ever. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2011. ^ a b Gillian Bowditch (3 August 2008. My mad, mad Ab Fab life. The Times. Retrieved 12 September 2011. ^ Caitlin Moran talks to Jennifer Saunders' Chain Reaction, Series 8 Episode 6. BBC Radio 4, 31 August 2012 ^ Alleyne, Richard (6 November 2011. Jennifer Saunders: my fight against breast cancer. The Daily Telegraph. London. ^ a b "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. BBC Worldwide Ltd. 2003. ^ Absolutely Fabulous: Olympics" BBC Media Centre. Undated. ^ Logo to Co-Produce Three New "Absolutely Fabulous" Specials. NewNowNext. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011. ^ BBC bosses want new series of Ab Fab for 2013. London Evening Standard. 3 January 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. ^ Fullerton, Huw (29 November 2016. Jennifer Saunders says there'll be no more Absolutely Fabulous: That. Is. It. Radio Times. Retrieved 4 December 2016. ^ Adler, Tim (8 November 2011. Jennifer Saunders To Pen Absolutely Fabulous Movie. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 October 2015. ^ Bolonik, Kera (29 December 2011. Still Ab Fab: Jennifer Saunders. New York. Retrieved 19 October 2015. ^ a b c "Saunders excited about Ab Fab film. Irish Independent. 26 March 2012. ^ Boyle, Simon (17 October 2015. Joanna Lumley is Absolutely DRAGULOUS in shooting new Ab Fab movie. mirror. Retrieved 10 January 2017. ^ Martin, Liam. "Jennifer Saunders will write Absolutely Fabulous movie. Digital Spy. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. ^ Daly, Emma. "Jennifer Saunders: Absolutely Fabulous the movie is happening. Retrieved 10 January 2014. ^ BBC Breakfast - Facebook. ^ On the Set for 10/16/15: Ab Fab: The Movie & Planet of the Apes Sequel Start Shooting While Star Trek Beyond Wraps. SSN Insider. 16 October 2015. Archived from the original on 13 June 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2015. ^ Jaafar, Ali (19 October 2015. First Look: Absolutely Fabulous Feature Film Starts Shooting. Retrieved 19 October 2015. ^ Complete 'Absolutely Fabulous' to air on Logo TV. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011... Cybill' is hardly 'Fabulous. San Francisco Examiner, 2 January 1995. ^ Bark, Ed (30 October 1995. CBS' High Society' is risque but is not 'Absolutely Fabulous. Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 6 December 2018 – via Baltimore Sun. ^ CBS's High Society: Absolutely Horrible. 30 October 1995. ^ Cynthia Littleton (6 October 2008. Fox to redo 'Absolutely Fabulous. Variety. Retrieved 12 September 2011. ^ Michael Schneider (23 January 2009. Absolutely Fabulous' redo gets pilot. Retrieved 12 September 2011... Headlines: Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Johnston to Star in Fox's AbFab" from (11 February 2009. Archived from the original on 12 July 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. ^ Nikki Finke (13 May 2009. Primetime Pilot Panic: AbFab. Eva Adams. Two Dollar Beer' All Dead at Fox. Deadline Hollywood Daily. Retrieved 12 September 2011. ^ Absolutely Fabulous – Absolutely Everything [DVD. Retrieved 12 September 2011. ^ Ab Fab at 20: DVD. Retrieved 10 June 2012. ^ Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials. Retrieved 11 September 2012. ^ Absolutely Fabulous: Series 1 – 5 Plus Specials (Complete Collection. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2012. External links [ edit] Absolutely Fabulous at BBC Programmes Absolutely Fabulous at British Comedy Guide Absolutely Fabulous on IMDb Absolutely Fabulous at Absolutely Fabulous at British TV Comedy Guide Absolutely Fabulous at Episode World Absolutely Fabulous at the BFI 's Screenonline "French and Saunders" – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on IMDb (episode contains skit Modern Mother and Daughter.

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How to Be Absolutely Fabulous Watch online casino. How to be absolutely fabulous watch online youtube. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have brought together some of the most hilarious Ab Fab moments ever, as well as unbelievable behind-the-scenes moments. Especially funny is seeing Saunders and Lumley fall in and out of character, and Julia Swaillhia (Saffron) laugh - which Saffy certainly has never done. 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards  » Edit Storyline Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life to which they are accustomed; shopping, drinking, and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at a fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures/BBC Films Plot Summary, Plot Synopsis Taglines: This season's most wanted See more  » Details Release Date: 22 July 2016 (USA) Also Known As: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Box Office Opening Weekend USA: 1, 861, 118, 24 July 2016 Cumulative Worldwide Gross: 39, 219, 109 See more on IMDbPro  » Company Credits Technical Specs See full technical specs  » Did You Know? Trivia This movie was released in the 21st Anniversary year of when it had been first conceived and conceptualized by Jennifer Saunders. See more » Goofs Early in the film, Edina learns that her ex-husband is cutting off her alimony. Edina's alimony (and other financial assistance) was already cut by both her ex-husbands in the series 2 episode, Absolutely Fabulous: Poor in 1994. See more » Quotes Edina: I mean, there was a time when the Zeitgeist blew through *me. Now it's just. Bubble: A tiny fart. Pththpt. See more » Connections References Goldfinger  (1964) Soundtracks Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) Written by Peter Sarstedt Performed by Peter Sarstedt Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd. See more ».

Specials View episodes One-off episodes of the popular sitcom starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley Specials homepage White Box Edina suffers a redecorating crisis that even Bettina and Max can't cure. Cold Turkey Edina is planning her first Christmas with the family. Series 5 Award-winning sitcom set in the world of fashion and PR Series 5 homepage Series 4 Series 4 homepage The Last Shout Another helping of outrageous goings-on in the world of fashion and PR. The Last Shout homepage Series 3 The fashionistas find themselves in more outrageous situations. Series 3 homepage Series 2 The second series of Jennifer Saunders' sitcom set in the trendy world of PR and fashion. Series 2 homepage Series 1 Series 1 homepage.

Full of clips and quips from the show itself and asides from the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, and the Pet Shop Boys. A must-see for any AB FAB fan. YouTube. "How to Be Absolutely Fabulous" is a short film that has its 20th anniversary this year. Fans of "Absolutely Fabulous" will certainly recognize most of the people in here, especially Jennifer Saunders. And people like myself can watch this in order to decide if they are interesting in giving this very long-running show a watch occasionally. My verdict is negative. The comedy was not all bad, but it also could have been better and the laugh track was truly over the top. I guess this is really only worth seeing for people who are already huge fans of the show as I doubt this can get people really interested, at least not this one here. It runs for slightly over 30 minutes only, but even this fairly low duration felt too long for me already. I give it a thumbs down. Baffling rating too. I liked the music, but that's it.

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BBC One - Absolutely Fabulous. Save videos for later by signing up or logging in With "My Queue" you can quickly save videos to watch later. To add an item to your queue just click the sign next to the video. Once you've added a video visit "My Queue" to start watching! Log In Sign Up. The Product: It says a lot about our society circa 1994 that Jennifer Saunders' spicy social satire Absolutely Fabulous was considered uber-controversial and brazenly un-PC, almost to the point of being banned. Not unlike the classic Young Ones which deconstructed post-punk Britain in a brash, Byzantine fashion, this scripted sitcom by the former sketch comedy star poked fun at everything the UK (and the rest of the world, for that matter) had hoped were passé and part of the culture's past. In the pre-menopausal Edina Monsoon and her gal pal Patsy Stone, the series found two chain-smoking, champagne guzzling fame whores treading the tabloid runaways a good decade before Paris Hilton and her Lohan-ed ilk would dominate the scene. Unfathomably well off, almost incapable of anything except hedonistic indulgence, they reminded the glorified guardians of decency (TV or otherwise) that there was still some drug and drink fueled fun to be had at the expense of a couple of middle aged matrons. The results stand as a comedy classic. The Plot: So what, exactly, does a box set entitled Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Everything actually hold? Does it really, as the name suggests, contain all that Saunders and company have to offer on the topic of fashion, friendship, and interpersonal/professional faux pas? Some on the 'Net have suggested "No" pointing to music cue changes and the lack of other added content/elements that past Absolutely Fabulous DVDs have to offer (most notably, a Comic Relief Special from 2005. From an episode standpoint, here is what you get over the course of nine (9) discs: Disc 1 - Series 1 (1992) Fashion. Edina has a fashion show in a few hours, and she's just started preparing. "Fat. Hoping to lose some weight, Edina tries something radical - exercise. "France. Wanting to get away from it all, Edina and Patsy head to the Continent. "ISO Tank. While immersed in warm water, Edina envisions life as a new mother. "Birthday. Edina's turning 40, and she's not happy about it. "Magazine. Patsy hits the office, and Edina's along for the ride. Disc 2 - Series 2 (1994) Hospital. Edina and Patsy seek medical attention to cure their woes. "Death. When her father dies, Edina faces her own mortality. "Morocco. What's better than a promotion fashion shoot? A promotional fashion shoot in a faraway land. "New Best Friend. Children ruin Edina's planned romp with some old friends. "Poor. The accountant has some bad news - Edina is going broke. "Birth. Worried that daughter Saffy is becoming sexually active, Edina reverts to mother mode. Disc 3 - Series 3 (1995) Door Handle. After a kitchen fire, Edina flies to New York to look for new accessories. "Happy New Year. Patsy's model sister is coming to town, and Edina's stuck entertaining. "Sex. Edina and Patsy are horny, and not quite sure what to do about it. "Jealous. Edina and her PR firm are up for an award. "Fear. It's a mother's worst nightmare - daughter Saffy is moving out. "The End. Desperate to rekindle her friendship with Patsy, Edina flies to the Big Apple. Disc 4 - Series 4, Part 1 (2001) Parralox. Edina has finally arrived at fame's doorstep. "Fish Farm. Hoping to land a country estate, Edina seduces a once wealthy gardener. "Paris. Edina and Saffy are hired to do a mother/daughter photo shoot. "Donkey. Inspired by Sex and the City, Edina tries to get healthy via exercise. Disc 5 - Series 4, Part 2 (2001) Small Opening. Saffy has written a play about the family, and Edina is aghast - initially. "Menopause. Edina fears that Patsy has entered the change of life. Disc 6 - Absolutely Specials (1995/2001) Absolutely Fabulous in New York" Gay Christmas Special. Edina heads to NYC again, this time looking for her long lost son Serge. "The Last Shout. Saffy is getting married, and Edina's not happy - at least, not initially. Disc 7 - Series 5, Part 1 (2003) Cleanin. Saffy returns to help her mother clean house. "Book Clubbin. Angry that Saffy is pregnant, Edina starts a book club. "Panickin. While wrestling with Minnie Driver, Edina and Patsy get locked in a panic room. "Huntin' Shootin. Fishin. Wanting to act like the hoi polloi of old, Edina buys a weekend in the country for some 'gentlemanly' sport. Disc 8 - Series 5, Part 2 (2003) Birthin. Saffy's daughter, Baby Jane, is born. "Schmoozin. Edina's new boyfriend has access to some Beatles bootlegs. "Exploitin. Edina has plans to feature Saffy's newborn baby in a photo shoot. "Cold Turkey. It's Christmas time, and Patsy's health has taken a turn for the worse. Disc 9 - White Box (2003) White Box. Saffy, sick and tired of her mother's antics, kicks her out of the house - forever! The DVD: Absolutely Fabulous is I Love Lucy on Botox, a brilliant deconstructionist comedy made up of the medium's most mandatory elements - superb scripting, clever characterization, and even better performances. For all its groundbreaking defiance, for its flaunting of tradition within both the format and the manner of its heroines, it's as historic as that founding '50s series. There is just something so fresh, so newly found about seeing a couple of Peace Generation refugees going whole hog (and designer swine) into the new millennium, old philosophies fogged by too many evenings in the embrace of various narcotics, nightclubs, and anonymous 'relations. At it's core, the series suggests an asexual love triangle between the dopey Edina Monsoon, her prim and far too proper daughter Saffron, and the other woman in both of their lives, snarky skeleton Patsy Stone. This battle royale between decency and debauchery, the urge for instant gratification mired by the family dynamic and social moralizing, makes up the majority of the storylines. The rest of the time, Saunders (who singlehandedly scripted every episode) explores a Britain battling against itself, a desperate to be chic country that can't quite get past its Old Blighty stiff upper lift. The first two seasons are priceless, comedy perfection wrapped up in self-effacing humor and a desire to ridicule and mock. While some argue that Edina and Patsy make unlikely idols, the truth is that they are the perfect fabricated foils for a world long past their personal party schedule. Take "France" for example. Our duo is so dim to the reality of the arrangements - which they consider squalid in an art school funk sort of way - that they never realize they're staying in the servant's quarters. Similarly "Death" sees Edina go on a wacked out gallery spree, buying pieces of supposed sculpture and painting overflowing with enough pretense to make Andy Warhol blush. From "Poor" which places the Monsoon clan in better perspective (Edina has two ex-husbands, both battle weary from their time with the spoiled spitfire) to "Magazine" which offers the most cryptic criticism of the UK's cultural sense of anything since Monty Python, Absolutely Fabulous found dozens of ways to delve deep within the human need for happiness. That many of the examples ended up in hangovers, hospital stays, and halfhearted attempts at reconciliation illustrates Saunders' desire to push the envelope every step of the way. There are actually two phases of the series - the original version and the slightly self-aware comeback, and the difference is interesting to behold. When the show was first struggling, bucking trends while breaking previously trodden ground, it was wildly inhibited. Jokes came at the expense of anyone and anything, and the stars weren't afraid to let their guard - or their knickers - down to keep the comedy coming. By Series 3, things started to change. Comedy Central had made the show an international hit, and a jaunt to New York (the production frequently filmed on location, all on the BBC tab) expanded their profile. While "Sex" remains a solid outing, there were moments where things seemed forced, storylines looking for a way to resolve the need to conclude the narrative with the previous desire for satire. It's no surprise then that Saunders took six years off before bringing Absolutely Fabulous back. While she needed the time to refuel her creative batteries, the show also required some settling. The return is marked by bigger budgets, more celebrity guest stars, and a broader perspective. Oddly enough, the reliance on what's current tends to date the episodes. After all, is Minnie Driver all that relevant in 2008? Still, when confronted with a good idea - locked in a panic room, heading to the countryside for a bit of sport, welcoming the arrival of an unwanted grandchild - Absolutely Fabulous flourishes. One needs to mention the acting at this juncture, since both Jennifer Saunders (as Edina) and Joanna Lumley (as Patsy) are so pitch perfect in their roles that the thought of anyone else playing them seems like sacrilege. Oddly, enough, there have been country-specific offshoots of the series, and even Series 5's "Small Opening" offered up a lampoon look at the family (with Patsy played by a man. As performers, both ladies use the standard straight to the rafters approach. No line reading can be too loud, no gesture too mannered or manic. Yet this fits their characters' personality to a "T" showing our harried PR specialists and a fashion magazine editor as nothing more than a couple of convicted drama queens. The Specials provide long form spice to what is already a wonderful serving of 30 minute mirth. In fact, one can imagine Absolutely Fabulous going on indefinitely (though currently no new material is planned. After all, the show defined the post-millennial media blitz. In some ways, it tramps the thirty mile zone more readily than TMZ. The Video: Repeating the 'two distinct eras' argument again, the DVDs present as part of the Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Everything box set reflect this aspect of the series expertly. The first three seasons, simply ported over from previously available packages, are full screen wonders, their 1. 33:1 aspect ratio designed for an early '90s broadcast ideal. Once we get to the later seasons, a widescreen presentation prevails. The 1. 85:1 anamorphic transfer is much cleaner and crisper, lacking the old school videotape fuzz of the original installments. Overall, the image is fine, though one imagines that, as the technology turns, the first episodes might be in line for a 16x9 revamp as well. The Audio: On the sound side of things, there is nothing significant here. The Dolby Digital Stereo 2. 0 mix delivers the dialogue with clarity, though the BBC's tendency to tweak the live audience laugh track to blot out the conversation can be irritating. In addition, some purists have balked at the suggestion that, due to right's issues, there have been song substitutions and other aural tweaks made to these installments. Sadly, this critic cannot offer any verification of this one way or another. A trip through Google's online expertise is probably in order for those who are interested. The Extras: Spread out among the nine discs, it's easier to list the added content than comment of each aspect individually. When explanation is warranted, it will come after the initial entry. First up are: Outtakes - 15 minutes of rare ridiculousness - Discs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7: call them bloopers or gaffs, but nothing is funnier than watching supposedly seasoned professionals fall on their as. piratrions time and time again. Between inappropriate laughter and random Tourettes like swearing, this is some hilarious stuff. Photo Gallery - still images from the series - Discs 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8 Commentary Tracks - Jennifer Saunders and Producer Jon Plowman - Discs 4 and 5: present on all the episodes offered, Saunders and Plowman make perfect narrators. They offer insight, they dish dirt, they discuss the audience (and government reaction) to the show, and moderate the backslapping with some self-effacing criticism as well. Hearing the stories behind these installments makes one wish that there were more commentaries as part of this collection. Disc 5 2 Sketches from French and Saunders: The series that started it all offers a couple of comic gems. In the first, magazine workers discuss current culture. The second is less memorable. Pilot Episode for the series "Mirror Ball" the names may be different, but the dynamic remains. This is Ab Fab before it found its voice. Rare Footage from the '60s of Joanna Lumley discussing modeling: she's a young girl taking Carnaby Street by storm, and this two minute interview is wonderful. Disc 9 How To Be Absolutely Fabulous - Shown on Comedy Central, this name dropping exercise sees Saunders mulling over her show's success. Clips are offered as examples/explanation. Absolutely Fabulous: A Life - More clips, this time centering on showing the rise and frequently failing of Edina Monsoon. French and Saunders Sketch. Modern Mother and Daughter. with Dawn French as Saffy, this brilliant prequel to the series is solid Ab Fan material. Perhaps the main missing bit of Absolutely Fabulous lore is an exceptional BBC overview (at one time available on YouTube) from 2004 called The Story of Absolutely Fabulous. In this special, the cast sits down and discusses intricate details of the production in a catty and insightful manner. Secrets are revealed and the reasons for the series finale are offered. Of course, the show would return for one last outing, which does limit the relevancy of the discussion in hindsight. Final Thoughts: Phewww - nothing like revisiting the entire run of a television show from humble beginnings to big bag endings, but the brilliance of Absolutely Fabulous makes the journey well worth it. If you've been an avid collector of the DVDs since they were first released here in the Colonies, then you probably won't need to shell out more cash to buy this package. Sure, there may be things here that you don't have, but unless we're talking about actual episodes, the bonus features don't warrant a repeat. If, like this critic, you've always loved the show but were waiting until "absolutely everything" was available for purchase, this digital delight is it. Easily earning a Highly Recommended rating, Absolutely Fabulous continues to defy convention as it settles in for a stay as part of the medium's certified classics. 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