Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)
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After Saffy berates her for being lazy and useless, Eddy decides to impress her daughter by representing her favourite French film star, screen legend Jeanne Durand, and booking the Albert ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Saunders ... Edina
Joanna Lumley ... Patsy
Julia Sawalha ... Saffron
Jane Horrocks ... Bubble
June Whitfield ... Mother
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ... Beautician
Harriet Thorpe ... Fleur
Helen Lederer ... Catriona
Rose Johnson ... Patsy's Intern
Camille Ucan ... Bubble's Intern
Femi Oyeniran Femi Oyeniran ... Agent
Amy Yamazaki Amy Yamazaki ... Agent
Patricia Potter Patricia Potter ... Royal Albert Hall Manager
Emma Bunton ... Herself
Lulu ... Herself


After Saffy berates her for being lazy and useless, Eddy decides to impress her daughter by representing her favourite French film star, screen legend Jeanne Durand, and booking the Albert Hall for her to give a concert. Unfortunately Jeanne either cannot or will not sing and Bubble must save the day. Mother/daughter harmony is restored even if the future looks bleak for Jeanne's Carnegie Hall debut. Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 January 2012 (UK) See more »

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When Lulu enters the living room she closes the door behind her. In subsequent shots the door is open. See more »


Patsy: [Waiting for private concert to begin] So Mark, do you like Jeanne Duran?
Mark Kermode: Yeah I think I first fell in love with her bouche.
Patsy: [Startled and nonplussed, misunderstanding the French] You've seen her bush?
Mark Kermode: Of course.
Patsy: I thought you were a happily married man
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References The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) See more »


Walkin' Down the Road
Performed by Jennifer Saunders & La Roux
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Absolutely brilliant, but are you in on the joke?
17 April 2019 | by jarodwaSee all my reviews

Hilarious episode with Edina arranging a come-back concert for a French screen legend, and favourite of Saffron's, who, it turns out, is utterly mad. Jeanne Durand can speak, but when she "sings" no sound is produced. Durand believes that her adoring audience hears her. Jeanne Durand is referred to as one of the "singing umbrellas of Cherbourg". There is actually a French musical film, made in 1964, called "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)", although Jeanne Durand is a fictional character so was not actually in the film. The film is entirely sung-through with the dialog taking the form of recitative. Most of the actors' singing was dubbed, however. The brilliant joke in this episode is that Jeanne Durand's singing was dubbed and Edina is unaware of this very important fact. I like to think that Saffron knew and decided not to clue Edina in. Jeanne produces no sound when she sings because when she "sang" in the movie she was lip-synching. Jeanne is delusional and believes that when she mimes singing, people will hear her sing, just as they did in 1964.

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