Living the Life

Series 1 - 2. Living the Life: Joanna Lumley Meets Melvyn Bragg

Radio Times
Review by:
David Brown

Melvyn Bragg is used to putting people from the performing arts through their paces, but who knew that Joanna Lumley – the personality with whom he’s paired in tonight’s revealing chat – would be such a wily interrogator? First she ticks him off about his jittery feet and then lobs “I want to know why you had a nervous breakdown?” into the conversation.

Lord Bragg is an honest but surprisingly nervous interviewee (although recollections of teenage anxiety put this into context), while Lumley proves to be a constant delight with a witty turn of phrase and a style that comes close to free association.

About this programme

2/10. Joanna Lumley and Melvyn Bragg chat about their lives and work, with the actress discussing moving between different countries as a child and having to pay to become a British citizen.

Cast and crew


Joanna Lumley
Melvyn Bragg