Joanna Lumley's Little Cracker

Series 3 - Episode 1 Joanna Lumley's Little Cracker



Sky’s star-filled success story of recent years has been this yuletide anthology, a sprinkling of cheer across the festive schedules. Two of the autobiographical shorts have even sired fantastic series — Kathy Burke’s Walking and Talking and Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy.

The third series opens by whisking us back to the swinging and sexist Sixties. Baby, Be Blonde sees the young Joanna Lumley (played with wide-eyed charm by newcomer Ottilie Mackintosh) contending with haircuts and wig-fittings before her jittery first assignment.

Daniel Ings is uproariously awful as a photographer who marshals his models like animals (“Put the hippo at the back”). And Lumley, making her directorial debut as well as a cameo as a dragonish fashionista, reveals the facts behind the fun in a 15-minute look behind the scenes. The next Little Cracker, featuring Rebecca Front, is on Sky1 tomorrow.


Nineteen-year-old Joanna Lumley is still finding her feet in the competitive modelling world and decides to cover up her cropped locks with a long blonde wig. But when a smarmy photographer is less than kind to her colleagues, it prompts an unexpected outburst from the future Ab Fab star. Ottilie Mackintosh stars as the young Joanna, with the actress herself appearing as a magazine editor.