Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab
is a television series written by Jennifer Saunders in 1992.
The show is about a modern mother, Edina (Eddy) Monsoon, who hasn't quite recovered from the sixties.
The cast consists of:
Jennifer Saunders - Eddy Monsoon
Joanna Lumley - Patsy Stone, Eddy's drug-addicted and alcoholic best friend
Julia Sawalha - Saffron (Saffy) Monsoon, Eddy's sensible daughter
June Whitfield - Gran/Mother, Eddy's crazy Mother
Jane Horrocks - Bubble, Eddy's quirky PA
. And Katy Grin in series 4 & 5.
Basically, Eddy and Patsy spend most of their time drinking Bolly (Champagne) and smoking. Patsy encourages Eddy to do drugs, which Saffy frowns upon, while Bubble and Gran barely know what day it is. It sounds a bit weird when you explain it like this, but the show has gone for 5 seasons, with a few special episodes and it has made the cast gay icons.
Other cast members include
Christopher Ryan - Marshall, Eddy's first husband, Serge's father
Mo Gaffney - Bo, Marshalls' new girlfriend
Christopher Malcolm - Justin, Eddy's second husband, who is now gay. He is also Saffy's Father.
Jennifer Saunders also parachutes many other comedians into cameo roles. Dawn French - her comedy partner (the show was originally a French and Saunders sketch), Adrian Edmondson, her real-life husband, Ruby Wax and Kathy Burke, to name a few.
Another character is Serge, Eddy's much loved son, who ran away when he was quite young. Seemingly everybody but Eddy knows where Serge has gone and Eddy is constantly re-assuring herself that, yes, Serge DOES love her, he was the GOOD child.
Everybody seems to hate Eddy, who owns a failing PR company with apparently only one client at a time, and Patsy who has a job as a magazine editor from sleeping with the publisher, but the pair are so in love with themselves, they barely notice.