Dame Joanna Lumley

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Date Published: 20/06/2023
Duration: 1:03:55
Season: 9

On today’s season finale we’re joined by a national treasure, and a name synonymous with travel, Dame Joanna Lumley. Joanna’s appetite for adventure was deeply engrained from childhood. She was born in Kashmir in the last days of British India, the daughter of an army officer who served with the Gurkhas. Throughout her childhood her parents lived in Asia, moving to Hong Kong and Malaysia, while she spent term times at school in England.


From her early days as a fashion model, gracing the covers of magazines and strutting down runway, Joanna Lumley was destined for greatness. But it was her iconic role as Patsy in the hit TV series “Absolutely Fabulous” that truly catapulted her into the hearts of millions. I love Wikipedia’s description of Patsy – “an alcoholic, a chain smoker, and a frequent recreational drug user. She carries drugs with her at all times, storing joints in her trademark beehive.”


After surviving solo on a desert island, on the groundbreaking show Girl Friday, Joanna soon became as synonymous with travel as she was with Ab Fab, setting off on epic journeys that would make even the most seasoned globetrotter green with envy, from Japan and India to the Caribbean and the Silk Route. What makes her so remarkable is not just her fearless spirit but her genuine love for the people she meets along the way. She champions causes close to her heart, advocating for the rights of the Gurkhas, supporting endless charities, and shedding light on the important issues affecting our world.


So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready as we embark on a journey through the extraordinary life and awe-inspiring travels of Joanna Lumley, from Malaysia to Uzbekistan, Italy to Indonesia.


Destination Recap:

  • Kashmir, India
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Madagascar
  • Delhi, India
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tash Rabat, Kyrgzystan
  • Sienna, Italy
  • Banda Islands, Indonesia
  • Sudan
  • Romania


Joanna Lumley’s Spice Trail Adventure starts on 5th July at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.


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