I’ve missed the start of the first episode here, it’s Have I Got News For You. Guests are Maria McErlane
and 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
And 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!”
There’s a cameo appearance by Lady Penelope.
And Helena Bonham Carter
And Richard E Grant
And 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.
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.
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.
Jo Brand now works in Patsy’s office.
As does Meera Syal
She’s playing some kind of video game – naturally the sound effects are from Defender.
Adrian Edmondson is also there.
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
And 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.
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.
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