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Absolutely Fabulous, Christmas 2003

Absolutely Fabulous, Cold Turkey, 2003

Ab Fab’s second festive special came just after series five had ended earlier in the month.

During the run there had been just two (including Cold Turkey) festive specials and in what has become a Christmas tradition this episode would bring the series to a close.

However , despite Jennifer Saunders saying she was done with Ab Fab the cast would re-unite for one more festive edition in 2004 and for three special episodes in 2012 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series, which had debuted in 1992.

Of course we last saw them in the 2016 movie.


For the first time ever, Edina has agreed to stay home and spend Christmas with the family.

In typical Edina style she goes overboard by buying a huge tree and tons of gifts.

Patsy on the other hand is very upset that she cannot go away on vacation with Edina as they do every year, as she hates Christmas.

Someone somewhere sticks a pin in a Patsy voodoo doll, causing her to collapse in pain beneath the Christmas tree.

Although Edina and Saffron ignore her, John insists that Patsy needs to go to the hospital. Once at the hospital, the doctors tell Edina that Patsy is very sick and that she may die. Edina and Saffron return to the house to continue their Christmas celebration.

In the middle of the night, Patsy has a visit from her estranged sister Jackie.  The next day, Edina and Saffron drop by only to learn from a nurse that Patsy has died, only they find out that it turns out to be Jackie instead.

At Christmas lunch, Patsy shocks everyone by asking for a slice of turkey. She manages to chew and swallow, but after not eating solid food for decades she chokes on it.



Jennifer Saunders
Joanna Lumley
Julia Sawalha


Channel: BBC1
Written By: Jennifer Saunders
Original Transmission Date: 24th December 2003