The series started out as a single sketch on French & Saunders (UK), entitled "The Modern Mother and Daughter".
The name of Jennifer Saunders' character, Eddy Monsoon, is a play on her husband's last name, Edmondson. Adrian Edmondson previously used the name Eddy Monsoon himself for a character that appears in _"Comic Strip Presents, The" (1982)_.
All five of the main character's real names begin with the letter J.
Ranked #24 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
The inspiration for casting Joanna Lumley as Patsy came from a sketch on "The Full Wax" (1991) in which Ruby Wax interviewed Lumley, where the actress (who had previously been seen as a prim and proper English rose) played herself as a drunk, cocaine addicted washed up has-been.
In the episode "Morrocco" the houseboy is named Yentob. Alan Yentob was then the director of BBC1.
This was the pilot episode that would secure the show for only another five episodes. The series would stay at six episodes for three more seasons.
The speaker system that informs the Monsoons that there is a visitor at their door is not present in this pilot.
Episode #1.02 "Fat" was originally meant to be aired as the fourth episode, however on the advice of Dawn French it was bumped up as the second episode.
The super-enlarged lips in Eddie's dream sequence in episode #1.02 "Fat" were created by the same crew who devised the puppets in the TV series Spitting Image (UK).
The cap she is wearing during the jogging scenes is for the Minnesota Vikings, an American Football club.
All the France scenes were filmed over a period of two days in the middle of bad weather. All the shots which appear in the finished episode were taken when the weather finally died down. Also in this episode it is revealed that Patsy has never been married, while Edina has been married twice before.
The scenes at the chateau were filmed at the "Chateau La Canorgue" in Bonnieux. This place was also the main filming location for the Ridley Scott's movie A Good Year.
When Patsy's luggage is searched there is a paperback edition of the Judith Krantz novel "Dazzle" in her baggage.
Near the end of the holiday at the cottage, Patsy is seen reading the 30 January 1992 issue of Paris Match, whose cover announces Le Crash du Lyon-Strasbourg, La Nuit de l'Horreur.
The first appearance of Saffy's friend Sarah (aka: Tittikaka).
It is revealed that Edina is 40.
You can see a model of the Starship Enterprise in Saffy's room showing that she is a Star Trek: The Original Series fan. In episode #3.03 "Sex", there is another model of the Enterprise in Serge's room.
This episode was meant to be sixth, but last minute changes made it fifth. It was also known when this episode aired, the series would be back for a second season.
Episode #2.02 "Death" was originally meant to air 4th in the series, however was bumped to 2nd by the BBC when "Hospital" (#2.01) didn't turn in the ratings they were expecting. Episode #2.04 "New Best Friend", was meant to air 2nd in the series. Episode #2.03 "Morroco", was meant to air 5th in the series, but was bumped up when the BBC changed the order of the episodes at last notice. The majority of filming was done in Morocco within 3 days. The cast and crew stayed in what was referred to as "the worst hotel north of the equator!" The rest was filmed in a sound studio in Britain. This episode was also rated the worst episode in AbFab's history as of 2002. Episode #2.05 "Poor" was meant to air 3rd.
Both Edina and Patsy falling into the graves wasn't planned until the last moment. The original plan was for just Eddie to fall into her father's coffin, and Patsy fall in with her trying to pull her out.
The Moroccan houseboy is named Yentob. This is an in-joke since back in 1994 Alan Yentob was the director of BBC1, the network on which "Absolutely Fabulous" aired.
This was meant to air fifth in the series, but was bumped up when the BBC changed the order of the episodes at last notice. The majority of filming was done in Morocco within three days. The cast and crew stayed in what was referred to as "the worst hotel north of the equator!" The rest was filmed in a sound studio in Britain. This episode was also rated the worst episode in AbFab's history as of 2002.
In the flashback Patsy is playing guitar dressed up in the famous Sgt. Pepper's uniform that The Beatles wore in 1967.
Bettina was first mentioned in the French and Saunders sketch which led to the creation of the series.
This was meant to air second in the series until the BBC changed the episode order at the last minute.