Sara Wallis said: Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities Of The World shows the true hidden sights of Paris, Berlin and Rome
Joanna Lumley was in Paris, opening open bottles of champagne in a hot air balloon.
This is as great as it gets. With a cigarette or three, it was easy to get Patsy up there.
“This is indestructible!” she jumped into that famous drawing game. “I want to toast to this wonderful place.”
By the way, she speaks perfect French (of course).
Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities Of The World, on ITV on Thursday, begins in Paris, but the actress will next travel to Berlin and Rome, discovering lesser-known gems.
Every travel show promises this, but Dame Joanna, oh so glamorous at 75, really delivers. This isn’t a straight swing over the Eiffel Tower – she tells everyone, from a refugee beekeeper to a brilliant Can Can girl.
Joanna visited Paris as a model in the 1960s, found the city and its people “intoxicating” and always hoped one day she would be mistaken for a French woman. She started with advice from a local on how to get the waiter’s attention.
“You need to be rude,” said popular comic Olivier. “If you’re comfortable, you’ll wait half an hour for your coffee.”
And how should she attract a man? “Pout,” he said. “Just wear black, don’t laugh… they’ll think you’re weird.”
Joanna has a sense of humor and knows how to bring comedy into the proceedings.
In a fashion shrine where Didier Ludot sells vintage pieces to A-listers like Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon, Joanna donned a Chanel coat.
Then Patsy’s voice came out very briefly, but absolutely wonderful. “This is divine!” she speaks.
When Joanna discusses couture with heiress and fashion icon Daphne Guinness, sipping a five-star broth in a Parisien restaurant, it feels like a scene from an old Hollywood movie.
But she also has to cope with modern life, joining The Rosies – a band of passionate women’s rights campaigners in overall blue uniforms, red headscarves and rubber gloves. .
“I have to say that dancing in rubber gloves is lovely,” she said. “Me with sisterhood.”
Joanna’s journey also takes place at Notre Dame, the Montmartre breakout club, and she chats with a woman passionately about the joys of extramarital affairs.
Joanna declined politely, always elegantly.
At one point, she even climbed out of a rooftop window to meet Ibrahim, a Syrian refugee turned beekeeper.
Finally, she makes her way backstage at the Moulin Rouge, where the girls’ jumps make her wince. But there’s nothing like a little “ooh la la,” baby.
A hilarious, humorous tour from an absolute professional.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-reviews/joanna-lumley-gives-fabulous-tour-26508258 'Joanna Lumley has a great European tour in her new travel show' - Sara Wallis