This week sees another of Joanna Lumley’s inspiring travel shows bringing a glimpse into the diverse cultures and landscapes of our planet. Over the last decade, she has been to all corners of the earth, but there have been a few which stick in the memory, and none more so than when she went ‘home’ to India, a series which was completed just before the pandemic. Here are just a few in which we have been inspired by:
1. “Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey” (2011):
In this captivating series, Joanna Lumley embarked on a personal and cultural exploration of Greece. From the bustling streets of Athens to the tranquil islands of the Aegean Sea, Lumley unveiled the rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant traditions of this ancient civilization. With her trademark enthusiasm and deep affection for Greece, she immersed herself in its art, mythology, and cuisine, and even attempted to speak the Greek language, creating an engaging and educational travel series.
2. “Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure” (2015):
Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure took viewers on an epic rail journey through Russia, starting from the far East in Vladivostok and spanning the vast expanse of Siberia to reach Moscow. Lumley’s charismatic storytelling combined with the awe-inspiring scenery of the Siberian wilderness created an enthralling narrative. Along the way, she met locals, explored historic sites, witnessed traditional ceremonies, and delved into the intriguing history and culture of this captivating region.
3. “Joanna Lumley’s India” (2017):
In this remarkable travelogue, Joanna Lumley ventured across the subcontinent of India, uncovering the country’s vast tapestry of culture, spirituality, and natural wonders. Lumley’s personal connection to India, where she spent part of her childhood, added an intimate touch to her exploration. From the bustling streets of Delhi to the serene backwaters of Kerala, she embraced the diversity of the country, immersing herself in festivals, traditions, and extraordinary landscapes, showcasing the essence of India’s soul.
4. “Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure” (2018):
Tracing the ancient Silk Road, Joanna Lumley embarked on a mesmerizing expedition through Central Asia, unravelling the historical significance and enduring legacies of this fabled trade route. Lumley’s charm and insatiable curiosity brought to life the captivating stories of the Silk Road’s past and present. From the bustling markets of Uzbekistan to the majestic landscapes of Kyrgyzstan, she explored ancient cities, met nomadic communities, and encountered the enduring hospitality of these remarkable lands.
The latest, on her Spice Trail Adventure, takes in important staging posts for spice trading around the Indian Ocean, including Indonesia, Zanzibar, India Madagascar and Jordan. The new series starts tonight on ITV at 9pm.