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Joanna Lumley’s Home Sweet Home – Travels in My Own Land

  • Episode:

    2 of 3

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 09 Feb 2021

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    8.00pm - 9.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 06 2021 : Sat 06 Feb - Fri 12 Feb

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  • Published:

    Thu 28 Jan 2021

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Joanna Lumley’s Home Sweet Home – Travels in My Own Land 

Series overview

“I seem to have spent a lifetime travelling the world, but as I get older, I realise there’s so much of my own country I haven’t seen. So, I decided that using my traveller’s eyes…I’m going to turn that vision onto this country, the place that I now call home.” Joanna Lumley.

After a lifetime of travels that have taken her across the globe, Joanna Lumley is making her most personal journey yet. Over three episodes, she’ll travel from the Yorkshire Dales to St Michael’s Mount, from the Highlands of Scotland to the cobbles of Coronation Street, retracing old steps, meeting inspiring people, and exploring the wonders of the country she calls home.

Produced by Burning Bright Productions for ITV.

Episode 2

Thsi week Joanna travels through Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Starting in the Outer Hebrides, she explores the Harris Tweed industry and drives a herd of Highland Cattle across the sands at low tide to their winter grazing.  Next Joanna heads to Eilean Donan Castle, the location for her very first episode of the New Avengers, where she strikes some Purdy moves as she scales the battlements.

Crossing to Northern Ireland, Joanna visits the Dark Hedges, made famous in Game of Thrones, before having a laugh with one of the Derry Girls. She then meets the inspiring founder of the Children in Crossfire charity and finds out how a new generation is working to break down old barriers.

Joanna says: “I’m on a journey of discovery around our great country, finding out what makes Britain tick, and revisiting some familiar old haunts. I’ll be covering all points of the compass and meeting the people who make us unique. I’ll explore ancient traditions and reveal some truly breath-taking sights along the way.”

As she starts the second part of her journey in Scotland, Joanna says: “I adore Scotland and now spend as much of my time as I can up here. I was married beneath Ben Nevis in Fort William, so showing you this part of the world is a personal pleasure for me.”

Joanna heads to the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides where she visits Donald John Mackay who shows her how Harris Tweed is made and tells Joanna about the time he suppled 10,000 yards of the famous cloth to Nike for a trainer called The Terminator.

She then meets a famer and his family and, in spectacular scenes, helps them drive their herd of Highland Cattle across the sands to their winter grazing.

Joanna says: “It’s astonishing to see this sand that stretches on forever. It feels as though this has been being done since time began. The cattle are so happy.”

Leaving the Outer Hebrides, Joanna calls at Eilean Donan Castle where she filmed her first episode of the New Avengers. Joanna retraces Purdy’s steps around the castle and reminisces about her famous fighting scenes.

As she travels south to Crinan, on the Scottish coast, Joanna boards a boat and heads to see the Corryvreckan, the third biggest whirlpool in the world, which almost claimed the life of author George Orwell when he was staying nearby to write.

Joanna says: “It’s all churning and swirling and up and down, it’s not like normal waves.

Finally, before leaving Scotland, Joanna visits Glasgow where she is taken on a bus tour of the city by a comedian born and bred there.

Just 13 miles away across the North Channel, Joanna arrives in Northern Ireland where she visits one of the locations made famous by Game of Thrones before travelling to Derry to meet actress Saoirse-Monica Jackson from hit TV series The Derry Girls.

Saoirse tells Joanna: “I don’t think any of us could have expected it to translate so well across the water but it’s been amazing and most importantly the people of the city like it and enjoy it because Derry people, if they didn’t like it, it would be awful coming home.”

Joanna then meets with an artist who is creating one of the city’s famous murals, and, armed with a can of spray paint, she gets in a cherry-picker to help him finish it. The mural is a tribute to Richard Moore who was blinded after being shot by a rubber bullet when he was just ten-years-old and went on to start the charity, Children in Crossfire. Joanna meets Richard and takes him to the site of his mural.

Joanna says: “It is so lovely to be here with you and to see this. No one is more deserving than you. It’s fantastic.”