Sketch shows are few and far between these days – perhaps they went out of fashion just before we were battered by hundreds of identikit comedy panel shows.
Suffice to say, you’ll never think of a soggy bottom in the same way again…
Hers is a velvet-wrapped voice for which the term “received pronunciation” was invented. It’s become a new kind of trope.” It is natural to wonder quite what she means by this, but when Lumley pronounces something to be so, you are momentarily suspended in that marvellous universe where black could be white and up could be down, and you might nod along sagely as if she were the Dalai Lama (whom she knows, by the way – “I’ve met him several times”).
So it’s somewhat surprising when Joanna Lumley, the daughter of an Army major, ex-boarding school pupil and finishing school alumna, says in cut-glass tones that she is not posh. Another example: earlier this year she provoked incredulity by daring to admit she did not eat proper meals, but subsisted on little more than nuts and crisps.
“Try not to get into a bitch fight with Honor Blackman,” scolds the real Lumley.
Other characters include Joanna as a Home Crafts TV presenter, surrounded by bunting and fairy lights while angrily making napkin rings out of her husband’s Italian shirts.
And there’s a bloke obsessed with getting a selfie with her – if only he knew who she was.
But the best sketch of all sees them send up Bake Off duo Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
There’s Tanya’s Tans, a mother-daughter run salon, where they offer every colour under the sun (no pun intended).
The range includes Southend Sunset, Chicken Korma, David Dickinson, Oompa Loompa and Cheesy Wotsit.