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BBC Commissions Documentary Feature On

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act November 18, 2013 at 2:00PM

BBC Commissions Documentary Feature On

BBC One has greenlit an hour-long documentary on of The Black Eyed Peas fame, which will follow Absolutely Fabulous actress Joanna Lumley, as she travels to Los Angeles to meet on his home turf – spending time with him at his mansion in Los Feliz, meeting his friends and family, and returning with him to his childhood home in the social housing projects of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles.

Per the press release, she accompanies as he journeys back to his old elementary school where the course of his life was changed forever by an inspirational teacher John Wright, and watches him compose and create a special song about his mother.

"I have long been fascinated by and leapt at the chance of meeting him and finding out more about his extraordinary life and achievements. He was everything I had hoped he would be, and more: charming, articulate, a whirlwind of ambition and talent, as sweet as pie and as dandy as a peacock," Joanna Lumley says. "The film we made together is truly a rare thing, a side of the public hasn't seen yet, with interviews with friends, family and colleagues, and affording a glimpse into the life of the musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist that has made a household name and a megastar."

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, added: β€œIn this very special documentary for BBC One, Joanna Lumley spends time with the intriguing, hanging out with his friends and family and delving into his background to find out just what motivates this extraordinarily driven individual who seems more than anybody else to define the pace, energy and creativity of the time in which we live.”

Titled Joanna Lumley Meets, the documentary special was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One and Emma Willis, Head of Documentary Commissioning. 

The film will be executive produced by Mark Wells for Rain Media Entertainment, Steven Lappin for Big Red Productions and Maxine Watson, Commissioning Editor for the BBC. It will be produced and directed by Adrian Sibley.

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