Joanna Lumley's Nile on One

7:30pm Sunday, December 12 on TV One

Joanna Lumley is embarking on the trip of a lifetime as she travels and explores the River Nile, the longest river in the world, from sea to source.

Travelling upstream, in the direction of the earliest explorers she journeys along Africa’s lifeline, visiting the people who live and work along this famous river today.

Lumley talks to about the inspiration for this journey: “The horn of Africa and it’s travelling nomadic people is a part of the world that I’ve always been fascinated with. I wanted to understand their way of life.”

She goes on to add, “we all used to travel. It’s in our genes. That’s why I think we still love travelling and holidays. I believe we’ve all got this passion in us for travelling.”

Lumley says one of the highlights of her amazing adventure was exploring the less understood country of Ethiopia, “the most astonishing country was Ethiopia. Over here we only ever see Ethiopia connected with a starving child and a begging bowl. We think it must all be sand and failing crops but Ethiopia is lush, verdant and mountainous.”

It’s crossed by rivers, lakes and streams and it has more animals than you can imagine. It’s got phenomenal mountain ranges and rough roads. It was absolutely beautiful,” Lumley continues.

Joanna Lumley’s Nile is an epic adventure which she describes, ‘it’s full of surprises, full of unexpected things and has a beauty that must be seen.”

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