Channel 5 has commissioned Double Yellow Television for a one-off feature documentary Joanna Lumley: My Best Bits – In My Own Words Celebrating the career of Joanna Lumley, it will feature an exclusive, in-depth interview with Lumley as well as conversations with friends and colleagues.

Dame Joanna Lumley offers a first-person retrospective of some of the most memorable screen roles she has enjoyed during her long and highly successful career. From The New Avengers and Sapphire & Steel to Absolutely Fabulous, she reflects on the roles she’s loved and shares clips of some of her favourite moments.

The film includes exclusive interviews with Joanna’s peers and friends including William Roache (Coronation Street), David McCallum (Sapphire & Steel), Ruby Wax (The Full Wax – Lumley was a regular contributor). It also contains conversations with Endeavour actor Roger Allam, who she works with on BBC Radio 4 series Conversations from a Long Marriage. The documentary also features special interviews with Joanna’s Absolutely Fabulous co-stars – Helen Lederer and Jane Horrocks.

Dame Joanna Lumley said: “To see most of one’s professional life flashing before one’s eyes is a thrill, especially when punctuated by kind comments from beloved friends. The programme was a joy to make, and a very rare privilege for me to revisit my work, much of which I hadn’t seen for decades. I loved every second of telling my story In My Own Words.”

Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 5 & P+ said: “Dame Joanna is much-loved by our audience and it has been an absolute delight to work with her to create this wonderful celebration of her career for Channel 5 viewers.”

Mark Wells, Creative Director of Double Yellow Television and Executive producer added: “It was a privilege to work with Joanna on this programme as she recounted memories from her extraordinary career…and what a career! I know viewers will love hearing her very candid recollections of how it was for her.”

The documentary will be Executive Produced by Double Yellow Television’s creative director Mark Wells.

Pippa Considine

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