17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Get ready darlings, because ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS continues in its second series on DVD, with all six remastered episodes along with a fair few extras.
HOSPITAL - Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) has got a week to look 35 for a Hello! Magazine photo shoot - cue a trip to the hospital for a face peel and eye rejuvenation.
DEATH - Edina Monsoon's (Jennifer Saunders) father is dead. But is it art?
MOROCC0 - Edina and Patsy jet off to Morocco for cheap drugs and underage sex, but with Saffy (Julia Sawalha) in tow, its going to be tough.
NEW BEST FRIEND - Lacroix and baby-spew don't mix, and Edina finds this out when old friends Bettina (Miranda Richardson) and Max (Patrick Barlow) decide to visit along with their new baby.
POOR - Harrods has stopped delivering! Call the stress guru! Edina is going to be poor, her two ex-husbands have cut her off, and Patsy is fuming. What the hell is a supermarket?!?
BIRTH - Saffy's is in love; her top button is undone and something in a blue kagool is hovering at the front door. Edina is armed with her Cosmo Sex Quiz for some long-overdue mother/daughter bonding.
With Jane Horrocks (Bubble), June Whitfield (Mother), Helen Lederer (Katriona), Kathy Burke (Magda), Meera Syal (Hari), Jo Brand (Treasure), Adrian Edmondson (Hamish) and Eleanor Bron (Patsy's Mother).
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2003
After the incredibly successful run of six Series 1 episodes, Jennifer Saunders' genius creation Absolutely Fabulous was back for a much-hyped second series. The wait was more than a year, but definitely worth it when the Series 2 opener, Hospital, was shown on 27th January 1994. Series 2 is perhaps the best Absolutely Fabulous series of the lot, and portrays the mother/daughter reversal role the best of all the seasons. Jennifer Saunders is brilliant as ever as Edina Monsoon, as are Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha as Patsy Stone and Saffy Monsoon respectively. There's an increasing role for June Whitfield as Edina's crazy mother, yet with this good news there's the bad that Jane Horrocks as Bubble (Edina's brain-dead office assistant) isn't is Series 2 as much as Series 3.
Series 2 opens with Hospital. At the beginning of this superb episode, we see Patsy arrive at Edina's house being followed by the press after she's caught up in a sex-scandal. She's all over the papers and her reaction to the suggestion that she's 47 years old is hilarious! She goes mental! Hello! magazine want to do a photoshoot of Patsy, so she has to try and look 35; the result is rather unexpected...walking like a skeleton and eyes that appear to be closed are the highlights. Of course, Edina has to buy tons of new "things" for her living room after hearing Hello! are coming, including an eskimo papoose! Absolutely Fabulous constantly takes the mickey out of the stuck-up and snobby fashion world we live in today. The ditzy Hello! magazine interviewer who doesn't even know what she's doing is another side of the fashion world mickey-take by Jennifer Saunders - this being that most people who work in fashion have nothing to do. Death is the next episode, and probably the most disturbing one of all the series. Edina's mother tells her that her father is dead, and she just doesn't care! "What, did she finish him off?!" she says to her daughter Saffy about her mother. Edina takes a trip to an art store to buy some "things," saying that ...to the shop assistant. The episode is very funny, but a bit disturbing. In the episode Morocco, Edina and Patsy take a trip to Marrakech to get away from it all. A good episode, but not a highlight.
New Best Friend is another excellent episode in which Edina's old friends come to stay at her house. The last time she met up with them, they were incredibly minimalist - white rooms, white clothes, etc. Edina wants to makes her house look as tidy as possible for when her two old friends arrive, but Patsy's jealous and she falls out with Edina. Trying to act as if they have friends other than each other when they find themselves in a restaurant alone are the highlights. But now Edina's friends have a baby! Their lives have totally changed, and the mother is hilarious in the situation-type comedy scenes where everything that can go wrong do, especially when she hears her husband with Edina...you know, doing stuff on the baby monitor! Absolutely hilarious. Poor is a favourite episode for many fans of the show. Edina's ex-husband has threatened to stop his money income to support the family and she's furious. She has to cancel food orders from Harrods and is forced to go to a supermarket! She has no idea what one is, so you can expect the mayhem and chaos she and Patsy will cause when they have to drive themselves there! They get out of their car and hurl abuse at a driver who dares to hoot their horn at them, expect assistance at the supermarket, park their car on the pavement outside Harvey Nichols, and are forced to visit "The Car-Clamp Club" to try and get the damn thing off their wheel! The ending results with Edina and Patsy in court, facing charges of driving without a licence, driving without insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, having no tax-disc displayed, driving over the legal speed limit, driving under the influence of alcohol, allowing another person to drive your vehicle under the influence of alcohol, in the region of £5,000 of parking fees owing, £6,000 of damage to property, charges of assault and abuse, and shoplifting while the charges of attempted murder and robbery are dropped! Birth is probably the best episode of Series 2 - and a superb series finale! Saffy has a man coming round to her house, but she doesn't want Edina and Patsy to know. When the three are locked in the living room by Edina's insane mother, they are forced to put up with each other. In these desperate situations, Patsy's worse nightmare is confronted - she'd rather die than be locked in a room with Saffy. Edina and Patsy try to help Saffy with her "first sexual experience" with a Cosmo Sex Quiz - hilarity ensures. Edina tells Saffy about her birth and how beautiful it was. The news pleases Saffy, but of course it's a pack of lies. Patsy (telling that the first few years of her life, she was locked in a room!) and Edina's flashback to their births are also superb.
OVERALL GRADE: 10/10
I can't stress enough how superb Absolutely Fabulous is. This truly is the greatest British comedy ever. A lot of people love it, but some people think it's gross - because of its drugs, sex and drink references. But this is what real life is like - people live their lives like this and to ignore it would be ignorant. The DVD extras are not exactly amazing, but the "15 Minutes Of Out-Takes" is superb. Jennifer Saunders is a genius, and the acting in Ab Fab is amongst some if the best I have ever seen. Buy Series 2 of Absolutely Fabulous now - you won't regret it!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2008
Let me echo all the stellar reviews given for this series. HOWEVER, I do need to bring up one small quibble. As due to music licensing issues, all of the episodes in the Series 2 DVD do not have "Wheel's on Fire" as the theme tune, instead being replaced by similar generic music. This apparently also affects the instances in which you'd hear dialogue during the end credits, as the generic music drowns all that out. This is also the series of Ab Fab, I believe, that has the infamous "Like a Prayer" edit.
I am not discouraging you from buying the DVD, but as backup, save your BBC Video VHS or tapings from Comedy Central or whatever. Strangely, the original music is intact on Series 1 and 3 of the original three. If there's any edits I didn't notice on those, someone please let me know.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2001
They are BACK again for MORE OUTRAGEOUS COMEDY! Yes, it is EDINA and PATSY (Jennifer Saunders and Joanne Lumley) continuing to STRUGGLE in a world too SMALL for their GIGANTIC personalities! This DVD contains all SIX episodes from series 2! You get "Hospital," "Death," "Morocco," "New Best Friend," "Poor," and "Birth!" PLUS there's more! What more you ask? I'll tell you! There are OUTTAKES and a PHOTO Gallery! What more can you say except it is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!
What do you get when you put the worst of the 60's, 70's and 80's and set it in the 90's? Well it must be Absolutely Fabulous.
Hospital - Patsy, once again, is involved in a political sex scandal. She has sold her story to Hello magazine (UK equivalent of People.) But the interviewer makes a statement about Patsy's age, she flips. Edina is having a problem with her big toe and needs surgery, so Patsy decides to join her with some plastic surgery. The two wreak havoc on the hospital.
Death - When Eddie's father dies, she shops. In the end, she and Patsy show up at the burial in their usual state, totally smashed.
Morocco - Eddie is promoting a new trashy sunglass. And Patsy has put them in a photo shoot. The shoot is in Morocco, so party time. Saffy is study the area and she convince her mother to tag along. The girls are expecting a week of sex, drugs and shopping.
New Best Friend - Eddie's old friends are visiting again, this time with their new born baby. This time though, Patsy is not so tolerant and decided to prove that Eddie can be replaced. After Eddie finds baby puke and Lacrois don't mix, she goes looking for Patsy. This ends in a restaurant with Eddie and Patsy trying to impress each other with their new best friends. Miranda Richardson and Lulu make guest appearances.
Poor - When the exes compare notes, they both realize that they are both supporting Eddie and cut her off. So Saffy cuts off Eddie's extravagances. So instead of using a car service, Eddie buys a sports car. And she and Patsy go on their version of a Thelma and Louise spree.
Birth - Saffy and Eddie are awakened by the fire department to find out that their kitchen has gone up in flames. And Patsy makes a startling entrance. When the girls accidentally get locked in the living room, each remembers their birth.
DVD EXTRAS: 16 minutes of great outtakes!
on April 27, 2006
Absolutely Fabulous had been launched from a sketch Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders had written in their third series of French And Saunders in 1990. It saw Jennifer Saunders playing Edina Monsoon, a neurotic fashion designer who does very little work and constantly puts upon her poor, frustated daughter, Saffron which in that sketch was played by Dawn French.
In 1992, that initial sketch was further developed into a series of its own with this time, Julia Shawala playing Edina's daughter, Saffron. Also in the casting was Joanna Lumley as Edina's scavanging best "friend", Patsy Stone, who also is in the fashion industry but does very little work, as the case with Edina. It was interesting to see Joanna Lumley escape her usual aristocratic image in favour of the foul-mouthed, drug-taking, chain-smoking, promiscuous alcoholic, Patsy and she plays the role superbly, really injecting life into the series. TV veteran, June Whitfield played Edina's completely batty mother which she plays to perfection whilst the multi-talented Jane Horrocks plays the blatantly incompetent Bubble, P.A to Edina. A perfect piece of casting here in what would emerge as the smash hit comedy series of the 1990's and an absolute masterpiece.
In 1994, a second season was filmed and was better than ever and fully in its swing (and prime). The rollercoaster dialogue is astoundingly razor sharp throughout each six episodes in the series.
Hospital opens the series where Patsy decides to brave all and go under the knife for cosmetic surgery, following her unhealthy obsession for wanting to look young. Funeral is played out almost like pure black comedy where Edina's father dies but unable to face her emotions refuses to go the funeral.....that is until she drinks several bottles of champaigne.
Morrocco is an absolute gem in the series and one of my own personal favourites. Pats, Edina and Saffron all fly off to Morrocco following Edina's promotional prospects for her new sunglasses design, laughably entitled, Pop Specs. After arranging an interview with Vogue magazine in the heart of a quiet, seemingly deserted town, they end up getting lost and also sell Saffy off as a slave. The comic timing and witty one-liners are delivered impeccably throughout this episode and indeed as the case with every other episode of season 2.
New Best Friend sees the special guest apperance of the British singer, Lulu whilst Poor is one of the ultimate classics of the entire four seasons to date. Edina is forced to cut-back on her extravagent lifestyle she and Patsy had been lapping up and during a shopping trick they get arrested for drunk-driving. Hilarious stuff!
The second series winds up with another comic gem, Fire, in which Patsy burns down Edinas kitchen and whilst all sitting down watching television in the upstairs lounge, they get locked in accidentally by Eddy's batty mother. Eddy, Pats and Saffy soon reveal some of their inner-most secrets. There are some hilarious comic moments in this episode and the dialogue completely sparkles all the way making you just want more at the end of the episode.
Absolutely Fabulous was the smash hit of the 1990's!
on November 17, 2005
ABFAB as some of us fans call it is quite possibly one of the zaniest, craziest, sickest shows to come out of Britain to date. The premise is simple. There's Edwina (Eddie), her friend Patsy and Eddie's daughter Saffron (Saffi). Eddie is an overweight, immature, compulsive, undersexed, selfish, fashion misfit who worships LaCroix and everything he designs. Patsy is a drunken, non-working, oversexed, chain smoking, spend thrift, fashionista, self-centered, alcoholic, leach. She's also Eddie's best friend. Saffi is the plain jane, level headed, smart, prudish, straight laced dauther of Eddie and her father who happens to be gay has left her mother for a gay black man.
Poor Saffi even though the child of the house more often than not has to be the adult of the house. She fixes her mom breakfast when she comes in from a hard night of boozing and partying with Patsy. Patsy and Saffi hate each other and continually snipe at each other.
Aside from storylines, ABFAB is very difficult to describe because many of the funniest bits are visual. You have to see and hear everything. One funny episode has Saffi off to college for the first time. Eddie tries to guilt her into staying home but it doesn't work. That morning Eddie drives to the college and barges her way into Saffi's class with a can of something and a can opener and asks Saffi to open the can for her because she doesn't know how to work the can opener. Madness. It's very funny.
You should watch all of the episodes because there's not a bit of sanity in any of them. You've got to have this!
Not suitable for young children though. It's barely suitable for grown ups!
on June 23, 2011
I discovered AB-FAB in the late '90's and have been hooked every since. For some, the English accent takes getting used to and those not familiar with some words or phrases and how they are used by the English, can be difficult also. But it is worth the momentary confussion, because in no time, you are right in there with the characters and laughing through the episodes. The writers bring the charaters to life and their relationships, with family, men and each other, is amazing! Their relationship with drugs and alcohol, is so funny. Also,their relationship with the 60's and 70's and not wanting to let go of their misspent youth and constantly wanting to fit in and be in the "in crowd" and their ideas about working are all so funny. I think that anyone who watches these people, go about their lives, in such a, take it as it comes sort of mentality, will become hooked and want to see more.
on August 31, 2005
Having seen most of Series 1, and hearing that the 4th series was the least funny of the set, I picked up Series 2 expecting to enjoy myself through and through...and that I did!
Edina and Patsy are up to some of their best schemes ever. My personal favorite in this series is the episode "Poor". From beginning to end it is pure craziness. From going to the "Car Clamp Club" to get Edina's new car out of impound, or their adventure of theft @ the supermarket, to attacking other drivers in the middle of the road, the episode is great. It closes with one of Jennifer Saunders' best deliveries as Edina in the courtroom, pure magic.
It's a good season of the show to get your feet wet. It introduces many characters that become more vital towards the end of the run but has the classic elements that make this show the best of Britain!
on September 26, 2014
It's absolutely fabulous:-)!!! But I can only take it in small doses any longer. I used to have the series on VHS and watched it avidly 20 years ago. Now I can only stand so much of Jennifer Saunders' " Sweetie darling " before I want to slap my tablet. Joanna Lumley is great. The daughter is perfectly annoying and perfectly played as is the grandmother, who manages to get in a few punches at appropriate intervals. Hats off to the entire ensemble cast.