Elvis Presley fan Joanna Lumley to make TV pilgrimage to Graceland
Joanna Lumley is to go on a pilgrimage to Graceland to find out what Elvis Presley was really like.
The Absolutely Fabulous star is a devoted fan of the King of Rock 'n' Roll and will explore his private life for new ITV documentary, Joanna Lumley: Elvis and Me.
Lumley, 69, will meet some of Elvis's closest surviving friends and family, including ex-wife Priscilla Presley, who gives her a private tour of his famous home, sharing intimate details of their married life.
Lumley said: "I have loved Elvis as a devoted fan since I first heard his fabulous voice when I was ten years old. The opportunity to visit Graceland and spend time finding out more about his fascinating life from Priscilla, and those closest to him, was absolutely thrilling."
This year Elvis would have turned 80 and Lumley said it was one her biggest regrets that she never got the opportunity to meet him.
Elvis died in 1977 aged 42.
Lumley also visits the town where Elvis was born and meets his childhood friends and first love.
ITV commissioner Jo Clinton-Davis says: "Who knew Joanna Lumley was head over heels in love with Elvis? This is a passion project in a literal sense as Joanna goes in search of the story behind the man and his music."