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Episode 3 - Russia
In episode three, ‘Joanna Lumley’s Postcards: Russia’, Joanna takes another look at her gorgeous travelogue adventures – this time she gives a personal insight into her mammoth trek across Russia aboard the Trans-Siberian Express.
Having travelled to Moscow as a young model, Joanna recounts her experiences of 1960’s Soviet Russia and her expectations when she set off on her return, 50 years later.
Beginning with a turbulent border crossing where the crew butts heads with Russian officials, Joanna tries her hand at the Russian language – before meeting the self-styled ‘Jimi Hendrix of bell ringing’ at the top of a church steeple in Irkutsk.
Travelling through the snow-covered country, Joanna shares vodka with a fisherman in Lake Baikal and shares slightly more expensive gold-flaked vodka with a Russian Oligarch.
The last stop sees Joanna in Moscow, seeing the sights in Red Square, and taking a tour of a nuclear bunker where the button was almost pressed – before coming full circle and recreating her 1960s modelling photoshoot in a Moscow train station.
“I was virtually born in a suitcase and my earliest memories are of life on the move. My travels have taken me to far flung places and I’ve had the privilege to visit famous sites, infinitely familiar from picture postcards and see them in a way hidden from most tourists. In this series, I’m going to share with you new insights into some of my most extraordinary experiences.” Joanna Lumley
Over the years, Joanna Lumley has traversed some of the most incredible landscapes and immersed herself in the cultures of the world’s most fascinating cities. In this new ITV documentary series (6 x 30), Joanna looks back at some of her previous adventures, recalling the amazing places, people and things she has encountered on her numerous expeditions abroad and giving new insights into her voyages.
Taking in Greece, China, Russia, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Mongolia to name just a few, Joanna’s travels have been anything but ordinary. She has always thrown herself completely into the culture and history of the places she has visited and has delighted in meeting captivating local characters along the way.
This series features Joanna’s very own highlights and a personal trip down memory lane, using her journals to provide a new look into the moments she most treasures from her travels.