Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World

Watch Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World

  • 2022
  • 1 Season

Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World is a travel documentary series presented by the renowned British actress, presenter, and producer Joanna Lumley. The series is produced by Lightbox for BBC Select and features some of the most iconic cities in the world.

The series is divided into six episodes, each exploring a different city – Rome, Athens, Cairo, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, and Buenos Aires. The episodes follow Joanna Lumley as she explores the history, culture, and people of each city, taking viewers on a journey through time and space.

In Rome, Joanna Lumley takes viewers on a tour of the Eternal City, from the ancient Roman Forum to the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. She also explores the city's food scene and meets local artisans who keep the city's traditions alive.

In Athens, Joanna Lumley delves into the history and mythology of the Greek capital. She visits the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the National Archaeological Museum, and meets Greeks who are trying to revive the ancient practice of philosophy.

In Cairo, Joanna Lumley explores the vibrant Egyptian capital, from the Pyramids of Giza to the bustling streets of the city. She learns about the city's Islamic history and visits the mosques and markets that have defined Cairo for centuries.

In Istanbul, Joanna Lumley discovers the city's rich history and culture, which have been shaped by both Europe and Asia. She visits the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, and meets local artists and entrepreneurs who are reimagining the city's future.

In St. Petersburg, Joanna Lumley explores the grandeur and beauty of Russia's cultural capital. She visits the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Mariinsky Theatre, and meets Russians who are preserving the city's artistic heritage.

In Buenos Aires, Joanna Lumley discovers the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. She visits the historic San Telmo neighborhood, the colorful La Boca district, and the famous Evita Peron Museum. She also learns about the city's tango scene and meets some of the dancers who keep the tradition alive.

Throughout the series, Joanna Lumley brings a sense of curiosity and wonder to each city, uncovering hidden gems and sharing stories that reveal the heart and soul of each place. Whether she is exploring ancient ruins, tasting local cuisine, or meeting locals who embody the spirit of their city, Joanna Lumley is a charismatic guide who invites viewers to join her on a journey of discovery.

Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on March 16, 2022.

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3. Berlin
March 16, 2022
Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley's whistle-stop tour around Europe reaches its finale in Berlin. In this illuminating and unusual travel documentary, Joanna explores the dark history of the city, meeting a photographer who documented life in Soviet-controlled East Berlin and Holocaust survivor, Frau Friedlander. But there's also time for a quick jaunt with a renowned all-female motorcycle gang.
2. Rome
March 16, 2022
Join Ab Fab's Joanna Lumley as she takes an exclusive trip to Rome. And perhaps the Pope is a Lumley fan, as she gets to visit the Vatican's Sistine Chapel alone. In this utterly charming travel documentary, she sits down with movie legend Gina Lollobrigida and Gina's natural enemy, a leading paparazzi. But what's the famous murder site, usually barred from tourists, that Joanna gets to visit?
1. Paris
March 16, 2022
A quick trip to Paris with Ab Fab legend Joanna Lumley? How can you resist! In this endearing travel documentary, Joanna takes a hot-air balloon ride across the city, visits the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral, meets heiress Daphne Guinness, buys a vintage Chanel suit and meets Ibrahim, a refugee turned inner-city beekeeper. But can she achieve her aim of being mistaken for a real Parisienne?
Where to Watch Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World
Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World is available for streaming on the BBC Select website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    March 16, 2022