Have I Got News For You – Absolutely Fabulous – tape 1692

I’ve missed the start of the first episode here, it’s Have I Got News For You. Guests are Maria McErlane

Maria McErlane

and Jon Snow

Jon Snow

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 10th December 1993 – 22:00

Note that Genome claims this edition featured Victor Lewis Smith and Helene Kennedy. I wonder if there was a last minute problem with the booked guests.

The next episode features guests Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipmann

And Lesley Abdela

Lesley Abdela

It’s quite remarkable how nasty everybody is about Princess Diana whenever she turns up in clips or in the odd one out.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th December 1993 – 22:00

Next, the first episode in a new series of Absolutely Fabulous. Patsy has been involved in a sex scandal.

“Patsy Stone (47)” “I’ll SUE!”

Patsy Stone 47

There’s a cameo appearance by Lady Penelope.

Lady Penelope

And Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

And Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant

And Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer

BBC Genome: BBC One – 27th January 1994 – 21:30

In the next episode, Death, Eddy’s father has died, and Eddy starts worrying about her own legacy. And there’s a funeral, so inevitably Patsy falls into an open grave. Amazingly, they repeat the joke a minute later as Eddy falls into her father’s grave. I have mixed feelings about this programme.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 3rd February 1994 – 21:30

They go on holiday in the next episode, Morocco. Bubble is dressed as Uncle Sam for some reason.

Jane Horrocks and Jennifer Saunders

John Wells plays an old friend who we meet when he’s literally sexually assaulting Saffron, having mistaken her for a young boy. This is 1994.

John Bird and Julia Sawhala

BBC Genome: BBC One – 10th February 1994 – 21:30

Next, it’s New Best Friend. Eddy is expecting someone to come and stay, Bettina (Miranda Richardson) a noted minimalist.

Miranda Richardson

Jo Brand now works in Patsy’s office.

Jo Brand

As does Meera Syal

Meera Syal

She’s playing some kind of video game – naturally the sound effects are from Defender.

Adrian Edmondson is also there.

Adrian Edmondson

Patsy and Eddy are at the same restaurant but not talking, so they both co-opt the nearest celebrity. For Eddy it’s Lulu.


For Patsy it’s Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes

And Britt Ekland

Britt Ekland

BBC Genome: BBC One – 24th February 1994 – 21:35

Before the next episode there’s the end of Newsroom Southeast. Some weather from Michael Fish. Then an advert for Do The Right Thing, a Terry Wogan-helmed panel show about moral dilemmas.

Then more AbFab with Poor. Eddy is worried about money.

Mark Wing Davey plays her accountant, Malcolm.

Mark Wing Davey

BBC Genome: BBC One – 3rd March 1994 – 21:30

Another snatch of Newsroom Southeast, and weather from Michael Fish before the next episode, and a trailer for Grushko with Brian Cox. There’s also a trailer for Dragnet, the Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd comedy.

Then the final episode of AbFab on this tape, Birth, which starts with a fire in the kitchen. Patsy sleeps through it.

Patsy on Fire

Unfortunately, the tape runs out just as the end credits are playing, so I missed whatever the payoff of Saffy’s boyfriend was.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 10th March 1994 – 21:30


One comment

  1. Being allergic to Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, I’ve always given this the widest of berths. Remember when everyone insisted we all fancied the ex-Sapphire…?
    It doesn’t that help that the latter is pals with B*r*s J*hns*n.

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