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Joanna Lumley Elvis and Me

Published: Wed 05 Aug 2015

Joanna Lumley embarks on a very personal journey for an intimate insight into Elvis Presley, the man behind the myth, for a unique new documentary for ITV.
 
Produced by Sony Music, the 1x60 commission sees Joanna travel to Graceland and meet some of Elvis’s closest surviving friends and family, including ex-wife Priscilla Presley, for an honest portrait of what ‘The King’ was really like. 
 
One of the first records Joanna ever bought was “Hound Dog” and ever since that day she has loved Elvis. This year Elvis would have turned 80 and it is one of Joanna’s biggest regrets that she never got the opportunity to meet the man.
 
After joining Priscilla Presley at Abbey Road Studios for a recording session of the new Elvis album “If I Can Dream” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Joanna accepts Priscilla’s invitation to Graceland for a personal tour of Elvis’s home where Priscilla shares intimate memories about their married life.
 
Joanna also visits the town where Elvis was born and meets his childhood friends and first love, before following his incredible rags to riches story to the iconic Sun Studios where Elvis recorded his first record.
 
Joanna Lumley says: “I have loved Elvis as a devoted fan since I first heard his fabulous voice when I was ten years old. The opportunity to visit Graceland and spend time finding out more about his fascinating life from Priscilla, and those closest to him, was absolutely thrilling."
 
ITV commissioner Jo Clinton-Davis says: “Who knew Joanna Lumley was head over heels in love with Elvis? This is a passion project in a literal sense as Joanna goes in search of the story behind the man and his music.”
 
Joanna Lumley Elvis and Me, is executive produced by Steven Lappin and produced and directed by Ian Denyer.