I suspect it’s nigh on impossible for me to be subjective about any performance or appearance on screen by Joanna Lumley, because I’m utterly in awe of her.
She’s multi-talented, beautifully spoken and refreshingly humble; to me, she typifies the concept of an English rose, so I was hooked on her Egyptian journey from the get go.
But even if I wasn’t such a fan, I’d have enjoyed this film anyway…
It had everything one has come to expect of one of the better travelogues with an intelligent celebrity at the helm; stunning vistas, quirky stories and a narrative that kept it interesting, despite an arguably slow pace.
But there, that’s another thing with Joanna – she’s calm personified so I didn’t expect any frenzied rushing about anyway.
And along her journey – which centred primarily on the famous river Nile – she was unstintingly polite and charming to everyone she met, including a dopey camel called Charlie Brown. He was immediately wooed by Joanna and his happy tagging along at her heels made him seem like the world’s biggest puppy.
Similarly, her conversation with Abdul – who sails his felucca along the river almost every day of his life – spoke to her about the demons that he’s convinced lurk in the sandy waters of the Nile…
At no point did she do an eye roll to camera or intimate that she thought Abdul was a bit of a nutter. Instead, she asked him questions about what the demons looked like and promised that if he gave her a call when he next saw one, she’d come and banish it.
And that’s no empty promise I’m sure, given that with the Ghurkas, we’ve had ample proof that Joanna does what Joanna says she’s going to.
If you missed the first part of this four part series, you can catch it here on ITV Player.