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“I was virtually born in a suitcase and my earliest memories are of life on the move. My travels have taken me to far flung places and I’ve had the privilege to visit famous sites, infinitely familiar from picture postcards and see them in a way hidden from most tourists. In this series, I’m going to share with you new insights into some of my most extraordinary experiences.” Joanna Lumley

Over the years, Joanna Lumley has traversed some of the most incredible landscapes and immersed herself in the cultures of the world’s most fascinating cities. In this new ITV documentary series (6 x 30), Joanna looks back at some of her previous adventures, recalling the amazing places, people and things she has encountered on her numerous expeditions abroad and giving new insights into her voyages.

Taking in Greece, China, Russia, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Mongolia to name just a few, Joanna’s travels have been anything but ordinary. She has always thrown herself completely into the culture and history of the places she has visited and has delighted in meeting captivating local characters along the way.

This series features Joanna’s very own highlights and a personal trip down memory lane, using her journals to provide a new look into the moments she most treasures from her travels.




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The Egyptian Nile.
In episode one, ‘Joanna Lumley’s Postcards: Egyptian Nile’, Joanna recalls the best bits from her fascinating journey along the Nile, from Egypt to Sudan, looking back at her experiences including an unforgettable camel ride and her famous Dukhan beauty treatment.

From her private home study, Joanna recalls meeting Ramy, her local guide, who took her to a market in Cairo during Ramadan to try a local delicacy, miswak. She then climbs aboard a camel named Charlie Brown to travel to Egypt’s most famous landmark, the pyramids at Giza. Last stop in Egypt has Joanna looking back on her memory of travelling the Nile via a felucca barge with a superstitious captain who believed the river was haunted.

Travelling south into Sudan, Joanna talks of her time in the Nubian Desert and remembers her personal tour of the ancient tomb of Queen Qalhata, filled with fascinating hieroglyphics. Joanna discusses her famous duhkan, a Sudanese beauty treatment, and travels to the home of married woman to partake in the intimate incense bath. Lastly, she meets a local beauty queen and former refugee putting the next Sudanese models through their paces during a temporary country ceasefire.


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Greece
In episode two, Joanna takes a journey through her memories of her travelogue around mainland Greece - both the ancient and the modern. Beginning with Greece’s most famous symbol, Joanna battles her fears and climbs the Acropolis in Athens to get a behind the scenes glimpse at the restoration process.

Joanna then heads to a blush-inducing fortune-telling festival and climbs into the mountains of Delphi to take in some of the ancient fortune-telling fumes.

Next, Joanna visits the spectacular ancient theatre, Epidaurus, where world famous singer Nana Mouskouri performs a once in a lifetime performance.

We meet an extraordinary woman Joanna encountered by chance at an abandoned mountain town - before hearing her story over a shared meal of wild asparagus.

The mountain monasteries of Meteora are Joanna’s last stop, a place she remembers as the most spectacular in all of Greece.


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Russia
In episode three, ‘Joanna Lumley’s Postcards: Russia’, Joanna takes another look at her gorgeous travelogue adventures – this time she gives a personal insight into her mammoth trek across Russia aboard the Trans-Siberian Express.

Having travelled to Moscow as a young model, Joanna recounts her experiences of 1960’s Soviet Russia and her expectations when she set off on her return, 50 years later.

Beginning with a turbulent border crossing where the crew butts heads with Russian officials, Joanna tries her hand at the Russian language – before meeting the self-styled ‘Jimi Hendrix of bell ringing’ at the top of a church steeple in Irkutsk.

Travelling through the snow-covered country, Joanna shares vodka with a fisherman in Lake Baikal and shares slightly more expensive gold-flaked vodka with a Russian Oligarch.

The last stop sees Joanna in Moscow, seeing the sights in Red Square, and taking a tour of a nuclear bunker where the button was almost pressed – before coming full circle and recreating her 1960s modelling photoshoot in a Moscow train station.


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Over the years, Joanna Lumley has traversed some of the most incredible landscapes and immersed herself in the cultures of the world’s most fascinating cities. In this new ITV documentary series (6 x 30), Joanna looks back at some of her previous adventures, recalling the amazing places, people and things she has encountered on her numerous expeditions abroad and giving new insights into her voyages.

Taking in Greece, China, Russia, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Mongolia to name just a few, Joanna’s travels have been anything but ordinary. She has always thrown herself completely into the culture and history of the places she has visited and has delighted in meeting captivating local characters along the way.

This series features Joanna’s very own highlights and a personal trip down memory lane, using her journals to provide a new look into the moments she most treasures from her travels.

In episode four, ‘Joanna Lumley’s Postcards: Greek Islands’, Joanna gives a personal insight into her odyssey across the Greek archipelago. Having - mistakenly - travelled to Poros as a young model, Joanna revisits the landscape that sparked her love affair with the Greek Islands.

Aboard the 'Christianne B', Joanna learns from her host - shipping magnate Captain Sarkos - why the sea is so vital to the Greek people. On the island of Evia, the villagers of Antia engage Joanna in whistled conversation, and on Kos, we discover how Hippocrates’ holistic vision of healing shaped the way ancient hospitals were built.

Travelling to the isle of Nisyros, Joanna treads carefully over the giant crater of a sleeping volcano, and then sets sail for Crete – the largest and strategically important island – for trade, and for military might. In Anogia, she meets a man who survived the Nazi slaughter of his village, and the descendants of the shepherds who sheltered the Cretan resistance fighters.

Finally, Joanna joins the party as Crete’s largest Raki distillery sample their latest vintage.


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Trans Siberian Adventure. The actress recalls her journey through China and Mongolia on board the Trans-Siberian Express, and her various stop-offs along the way. Highlights include walking the Great Wall of China at dawn, cruising through the streets of Beijing in a Rolls-Royce and a visit to a strange restaurant boasting a Chairman Mao cabaret. She also recalls milking horses with Mongolian nomads, and hearing the music of the Mongolian throat singers.

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