Absolutely fabulous life on the road

absolutely fabulous life on the road

Camera IconJoanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey airs on ABC1. Credit: Supplied/ABC Television

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Known to many as Patsy Stone, the hard-drinking, chain-smoking fashionista in Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley has reinvented herself into one of the most engaging travel documentary makers of the last decade.

Her journeys have taken her across myriad time zones, from the pristine wilderness of Siberia to the steamy streets of Havana, from the idyllic, taverna-dotted islands of Greece to the Northern Light-flecked skies of the Arctic Circle.

Her latest offering, Home Sweet Home: Travels in My Own Land, sees her venturing across Britain (she finished filming just before COVID struck the country).

Despite her plummy English accent, and appearances in quintessentially British films and TV shows — she had a brief part in James Bond flick On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and once turned down a marriage proposal by Ken Barlow in Coronation Street — Lumley was actually born in India in 1946 (her family, of English-Scottish stock, had served the British Raj from the late 18th century)…

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