Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a British sitcom shown on the BBC. It also stars Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha, along with June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks.
The series features Saunders as Edina Monsoon, an alcoholic, drug-abusing PR agent who spends her time chasing bizarre fads in a desperate attempt to stay young and "hip." Edina is joined in her quest by magazine editor Patsy Stone, her best friend and enabler, whose drug abuse, alcohol consumption, and promiscuity far eclipse Edina's comparatively mild self-destructive behaviour. Despite being a middle-aged, twice-divorced career woman, Edina is reliant upon the support of her daughter, Saffron, a secondary school pupil (and later university student) whose constant care for her mother has left her a bitter cynic.
Edina "Eddy" Monsoon and Patsy Stone are a pair of high-powered career women in the fashion industry: Eddy runs her own PR firm, and Patsy holds a sinecure at a fashion magazine. The two women use their considerable financial resources to indulge in a life revolving around alcohol, recreational drugs, and chasing the latest fads in an attempt to maintain their youth and recapture their glory days as mods in Swinging London.
The partnership is largely driven by Patsy, who functions as both codependent and enabler to Eddy. Their lifestyle inevitably leads to a variety of personal crises, which are invariably taken care of by Eddy's young daughter, Saffron, whose constant abuse at the hands of Eddy and Patsy has left her a bitter, cynical teenager (and later twenty-something) who nonetheless continues to care for her mother out of a sense of unconditional love.