Dame Edna Everage lands BBC special

Dame Edna Everage lands BBC special

Dame Edna Everage is returning to TV.
BBC One have unveiled plans for an "unforgettable" one-off special featuring the housewife superstar – the alter ego of Barry Humphries – which will take place onboard her luxury yacht and feature celebrity guests and musical performances.
Kate Philips, BBC’s controller of entertainment commissioning, said: "There’s nothing like a Dame Edna and I can’t wait for this unforgettable one-off special to hit our screens."
Rachel Ashdown, BBC Commissioning Editor, added: "Over the past 50 years Dame Edna has got to grips with the world’s biggest stars and I am looking forward to seeing her welcome the current generation of celebrities to her sofa."
And the star promised the show would be better than spending a "lifetime" on a cruise liner.
She said: "The world needs sunshine so I am very happy to welcome you all on board. One hour on my yacht is better than a lifetime on a cruise liner."
The programme will be filmed in front of an audience and the staff on the yacht will include some "familiar faces".
The special, which is provisionally simply titled ‘The Dame Edna Show’, will air later this year.
Barry, 85, recently announced a stage comeback for his flamboyant character, six years after a farewell tour, with shows set to take place in Australia and America.
Dame Edna’s last TV show was ‘The Dame Edna Treatment’, which aired on ITV in 2007 but she has made guest appearances on a number of TV shows since then, including ‘Loose Women’ and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Big Show’, as well as a cameo in the ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ movie.