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Monday, October 10, 2005

"Absolutely Fabulous"

Edwina (Eddy) and Patsy have been friends since they were wild British teenagers. Physically, they got older, but their attitudes didn't. Despite constant drinking, drugging and partying, Eddy became a successful PR person, and Patsy got a job as the editor of a top fashion magazine. Well, Eddy is not liked by most of her clients, and Patsy slept her way into a job that she seldom shows up at, but that doesn't matter. For these ladies, it is more important to look good, and hang around the beautiful people.

Along the way, Eddy got married a couple of times. Once to a guy named Jason, who turned out to be gay later on. She had a child, a sensible if someone wound tightly girl named Saffron (Saffy). Saffy was very conservative and couldn't stand her mother's self-absorbed way or Patsy. Patsy always regarded Saffy as being an obstacle in the way of her and Eddy's friendship. "When your mother was pregnant, I told her to abort!" Patsy screams at Saffy in one episode. Eddy was married to another guy, with whom she had a son. The son doesn't keep much in contact with either mom or dad (although we learn later that Saffy has always known where her brother was, and that her brother was also gay). Dad, a Hollywood player, visits his ex on and off, always with an American bimbo in tow. Rounding out Eddy and Patsy's world are Eddy's daffy mom, who seems to understand more than she lets on, and Bubbles, Eddy's dumber than rocks assistant.

This sitcom, penned by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, was one of the best TV shows to come out of the United Kingdom.


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