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Absolutely Fabulous - Series 1 [DVD] [1992]


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Product details

  • Actors: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YN74
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The entire first series of Jennifer Saunder's Emmy and BAFTA award-winning television show. Joanna Lumley stars as Patsy, the Bollinger-swigging fashion writer; Saunders plays Edina, the terminally-adolescent magazine editor; and Julia Sawalha appears as Saffron, Edina's prudish daughter. June Whitfield also makes an appearance, teetering on the edge of dementia as Edina's mother. The six episodes included here are: 'Fashion', 'Fat', 'France', 'Iso Tank', 'Birthday', and 'Magazine'.

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Absolutely Fabulous was first broadcast in 1992 and became an instant hit. Originally a sketch on the French and Saunders Show, Jennifer Saunders saw its potential and created one of the most ground-breaking and debauched comedies on British TV. Centred around the hip London fashion scene the series follows Edina (Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley), two women who refuse to grow up and are constantly on a mission to lose weight, gorging themselves with cocaine and/or champagne, endlessly throwing parties (or throwing up at parties), and sporting outrageous outfits which were the height of fashion at the time--honestly sweetie! The superb comic performances offered star status to Julia Sawalha as Edina's straight-laced daughter and Jane Horrocks as the sublimely dippy Bubble, and re-invented the careers of Joanna Lumley and June Whitfield. Saunders meanwhile secured her status as one of the top female comedians Britain has ever produced. Although its consciously chic clothing looks a little dated now, its mad characterisations endure and the jokes remain as hilariously slick and apt as ever.

Ab Fab remains a landmark in TV since it was the first time that female comedians and writers had had the freedom and exposure to satirise problems close to their own heart, from their own perspective. With Feminist writers claiming that the ideals of feminism were dead in the 1990s and that female concerns were moving in the wrong direction--towards the "Laddette Culture"--and reports claiming that careers were taking a central role, forcing motherhood onto the back-burner, the series sought to embody and satirise these new supposedly "female" characteristics. As the show continued to grow in popularity both in Britain and the States, plans were made to transfer the formula to America. However, as with many other great British series, the content was considered too risky for American audiences due to the amount of sex and drug references. Thus domestic audiences breathed a sigh of release that their beloved Ab Fab would forever stay British to the core. --Nikki Disney


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By obol on 6 April 2014
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Classic comedy! Great stuff, always very funny. A truly great series that has stood the test of time and probably always will!
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By History Lover on 8 Jan 2014
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I bought this for my daughter's Christmas present - not sure if she has watched it yet but it is a classic!
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By SARNIE on 2 Jan 2014
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absolutely fabulous, does exATLY WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN !
THE HUMOUR DOSNT DATE OR WANE...SUPERB!
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY?
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By Mr. R. E. Martin on 27 Oct 2013
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This is British Comedy at it's best. Great sense of humour. watched several times and will watch it again. Lovely
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Pretty much as expected, the humour is a little old but still funny. Need to watch with a glass of wine though!
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By Ms. J. Davies on 23 Sep 2013
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I have not seen these in years. I am so glad that i have bought it. Had me in stitchers.
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By mauraaprile on 31 Mar 2013
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Arrived when expected.
Purchased as a present for family in another country
They like it and like to see more episodes, so will be purchasing some more
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By Anon on 1 Feb 2013
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This was a present to a ten and twelve year old and they absolutely loved it and are anxious to see more of the same.
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