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Absolutely Fabulous is a British sitcom written by Jennifer Saunders and starring Saunders and Joanna Lumley. The show, broadcast by the BBC in the United Kingdom, grew from a sketch originally written and performed for the comedy show French and Saunders, which co-starred Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, and has aired off and on since it first debuted on November 12, 1992. The sketch itself was developed from the earlier Eddie Monsoon: A Life?, a comedy play written for The Comic Strip Presents... TV series.
With its frank depictions of drug and alcohol abuse and irresponsible, irreverent and frequently illegal behaviour, the series gained a large and loyal following as well as attracting censure from various groups, despite its outrageous depictions.
The characters played by Lumley (Patsy) and Saunders (Eddy) became popular subjects for emulation by female impersonators and Halloween revellers. While the programme was widely popular in Britain and gained noteworthy attention in the United States, where it was broadcast by the Comedy Central network (and, from 2003, by the Oxygen network), it has found a particularly strong following among gay men in both of these countries as well as in Australia and Canada, where the show has been broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Comedy Network respectively.
As of July 2005, Saunders has announced she will not be writing or playing Eddy, 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." It seems therefore highly likely that the show's fifth season will be its last.
Show Description Credit: Wikipedia
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|Last Airing||Dec 25, 2004|
|Premiere||November 12, 1992|
|Network||BBC (Comedy Central/Oxygen US)|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
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Jennifer Saunders.... Edina Monsoon
June Whitfield.... Mrs. June Monsoon
Joanna Lumley.... Patsy Stone
Julie Sawaltha.... Saffy Monsoon
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