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BBC1 orders “Joanna Lumley meets will.i.am”

The Absolutely Fabulous star will travel to Los Angeles to hang out with the Black Eyed Peas mastermind for a one-off special that will air on UK terrestrial BBC1.
November 18, 2013

UK net BBC1 has commissioned a one-off documentary that will follow Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley as she travels to Los Angeles to hang out with pop star will.i.am (pictured).

In Joanna Lumley Meets will.i.am (one x 60-minutes), the British actor will visit the Black Eyed Peas main man’s home in Los Feliz, California; meet his friends and family; and visit his old elementary school and childhood home in the social housing projects of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles.

“I have long been fascinated by will.i.am and leapt at the chance of meeting him and finding out more about his extraordinary life and achievements,” Lumley said in a statement. “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.”

Lumley and will.i.am will discuss his childhood, his early career in music, his successes with the Black Eyed Peas and as a solo artist, as well as his work on the UK version of singing competition series The Voice.

The doc will be exec produced by Mark Wells for Rain Media Entertainment, Steven Lapping for Big Red Productions and Maxine Watson, commissioning editor for the BBC. It will be produced and directed by Adrian Sibley.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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