Joanna Lumley criticised for 'hypocrisy overload' after documentary

Joanna Lumley is branded a ‘hypocrite’ after urging viewers to ‘do their part’ in climate change documentary – despite jetting off around the world to front travel programmes

  • The actress fronted Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan on ITV last night
  • But some social media users criticised presenter Joanna for ‘hypocrisy overload’
  • The 75-year-old has fronted a number of travel programmes in recent years 

Joanna Lumley has been criticised by social media users for ‘hypocrisy overload’ after urging everyone to do their part in her new climate change documentary on ITV – despite fronting a number of travel programmes.

The 75-year-old actress, who has created documentaries which saw her explore Japan, India and the Caribbean in recent years, featured in Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan last night.

The programme involved Joanna travelling around the UK as she followed adventurer Sacha Dench, who took to the skies in an electric paramotor to attempt an epic journey around the British coast whilst raising awareness about climate change. 

Speaking to Sacha, who was injured during the 3,000-mile journey, while a member of her support crew sadly died, Joanna said on climate change: ‘I think the message from this is that we can do it, if you buckle down now, if every single person makes an effort.’

However, viewers were quick to label Joanna a ‘hypocrite’, with one claiming on Twitter: ‘She has in the last six years made no less than eight travel documentaries that have taken to every corner of the Earth… by trains, planes and automobiles.’

Joanna Lumley (pictured centre) has been criticised by social media users for ‘hypocrisy overload’ after urging everyone to do their part in her new climate change documentary on ITV – despite fronting a number of travel programmes

The 75-year-old actress, who has created documentaries which saw her explore Japan (pictured), India and the Caribbean in recent years, featured in Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan last night

Another said: ‘Are you kidding me! How many travel programmes has this woman done flying round the world! Ridiculous!!Totally jumping on the bandwagon!’

A third outraged viewer added: ‘@JoannaLumleyUK can f*** right off. Hypocrisy overload.’

Another questioned: ‘In the interest of fighting global warming, are you going vegan and cutting your air miles? You have immense potential influence.’

Yet other viewers were pleased to see Joanna using her platform to showcase Sacha’s journey.

Reaction: Viewers were quick to label Joanna a ‘hypocrite’, with one claiming on Twitter: ‘She has in the last six years made no less than eight travel documentaries that have taken to every corner of the Earth… by trains, planes and automobiles.’

One viewer wrote on Twitter: ‘@sachadench just watched you with Joanna Lumley. I agree with you. We can all do our part. Respect.’

Another impressed fan added: ‘Wow, wow, wow. Plenty food for thought,’ while a third said: ‘Just watched [Sacha] with Joanna Lumley. I agree with you. We can all do our part.’ 

After filming wrapped, biologist Sacha plummeted from the sky during her 3,000-mile journey after colliding with a member of her support crew. 

Dan Burton, 54, who was in a separate paramotor, died in September, while Sacha, 43, who is a relative of Dame Judy Dench, remains in hospital after suffering serious injuries.

The programme involved Joanna travelling around the UK as she followed adventurer Sacha Dench, who took to the skies in an electric paramotor to attempt a journey around the British coast whilst raising awareness about climate change. Other viewers were pleased to see Joanna using her platform to showcase Sacha’s journey

Joanna had met with the scientist to film her ITV documentary, Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan, ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this week. 

In an interview with The Times, Joanna said that while she initially wanted to ‘back away’ from the project, both Sacha and Dan’s relatives urged her to broadcast the documentary as planned.

‘But Dan’s brave, brave family said, “Please! This is what it’s for” and Sacha sent a message through her team from her hospital bed, saying, “For goodness sake show this film, this is why we were doing it”‘, said Joanna. 

The paragliders were in the final stages of a circumnavigation of the country as part of the Round Britain Climate Challenge when disaster struck near Unapool in the Scottish Highlands. 

Speaking to Sacha (right), who was injured during the 3,000-mile journey, while a member of her support crew sadly died, Joanna said on climate change: ‘I think the message from this is that we can do it, if you buckle down now, if every single person makes an effort.’

Originally from Australia and now living in Bristol, Sacha is known for global expeditions with migratory species but has turned her focus to climate change after losing her family home in Sydney to bushfires last year.

Dame Judi and Sir Ranulph Fiennes have backed previous missions, including a flight over the Atlas mountains. For her latest challenge, Sacha was flying a specially adapted machine which enabled her to take off and land anywhere to recharge.  

Joanna, who lives in Stockwell, south London, said that the news was all the more difficult to hear knowing how skilled both Sacha and Dan were, adding that they always ‘put safety first’ while flying. 

‘It was hard to take the news on board, knowing how skilful they are’, she said.  ‘Like mountaineers, they always put safety first. They went through the checklist before every single flight.’


Pictured left, Sacha with her adapted electric paramotor at Glasgow Science Centre. Right, Dan Burton preparing for a flight from Stevenson beach, on the west coast of Scotland 

Elsewhere in the interview, Joanna also shared her thoughts on Insulate Britain, the environmentalist group which has become infamous for its ‘campaign of civil resistance’.  

Joanna said that while she herself would not join in on that type of demonstration, she can sympathise with the anger of those involved in the group. 

 ‘You can understand why people get so infuriated they’re driven to do these difficult and horrible things to draw attention to themselves.’

Joanna is a keen advocate of the environment and animal welfare, having been a vegetarian since the 1970s, and last week made headlines after claiming rationing could be the answer to climate change. 

Biologist Sacha plummeted from the sky during her 3,000-mile journey around Britain in a motorised paraglider after colliding with a member of her support crew

The Absolutely Fabulous star suggested legislation is needed ‘for the sake of this beautiful Earth’.

‘These are tough times,’ she said. ‘We might even have to go back to some kind of rationing, where you’re given a certain number of points and it’s up to you how to spend them – whether it’s buying a bottle of whisky or flying in an aeroplane.’

Joanna, who has previously campaigned against single-use plastic, also said people should cut back on weekend breaks abroad and stop eating meat. 

Speaking to Radio Times, she added: ‘We’ve got to think that everything we do will make the place better – every plastic bottle you don’t buy, every piece of litter you pick up, every piece of meat you don’t eat. Every small thing counts.’

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