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Saturday, July 30, 2011

1990s Christmas: Absolutely Fabulous

Thanks to everyone for participating in the giveaway.  The winner has been notified and the prize will be sent to him soon.  I wish I had a prize for eveyone. 

Our Christmas in July party continues with the 1995 New Year's holiday episode of Absolutely Fabulous entitled 'Happy New Year.'

Starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Eddy and Patsy

Eddy and her gal pal, Patsy, have exciting plans to attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve party but Patsy’s sister Jackie arrives unexpectedly.  Patsy is eager to see her international jet-setting sister but Eddy doesn’t want to miss the party.

Jacks and her sister Patsy
It seems Eddy is a bit jealous of the attention and admiration Patsy lavishes on her sister she calls Jacks.  Will Eddy be able to ring in the New Year with her best friend--or will Jacks and Patsy hit the hot clubs and leave Eddy behind?  Could there be anything worse for Eddy than being forced to spend New Year's Eve with her boring mother, her uptight daughter Saffy and her annoying ex-husband Justin and his life partner Oliver?

Patsy's sister Jackie is played by actress Kate O'Mara.  I remember her from her role on the 1980s prime time soap, Dynasty, playing the wicked Alexis' sister Caress.  We can see O'Mara as Patsy's sister once again in the 2003 Christmas episode of Ab Fab entitled 'Cold Turkey.'

My favorite quote from this episode: Eddy to her daughter Saffy: “My New Year’s resolution, sweetie? Have more fun!”

I just love every episode of this British series.  It mocks the two superficial, drunk and drugged out lead characters, Eddy and Patsy, and their excesses.  But you can't help falling in love with them as well.  Patsy is my favorite character and I love it when she and Saffy interact.  If you've seen the series, you'll know the two women do not get along. 

If I remember correctly, Ab Fab originally began airing in the United States on Comedy Central.  Now it can be seen on Logo.  Of course, it is also available for viewing on DVD. You can watch this episode below, or on Youtube.
Part 1

Part 2

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