Filmed in front of an audience, Dame Edna Everage will host a very exclusive evening with celebrity chat, music and of course a few surprises direct from her luxury yacht, staffed by some familiar faces.
The Dame Edna Show will air on BBC One later in 2019. While the gigastar has been the lead of many BBC productions, ranging right back to the 1970s, the comedy Dame is best known for her work with ITV including chat show The Dame Edna Experience which drew big star names to her sofa while game show Dame Edna’s Neighbourhood Watch saw her poking around viewers homes to discover more about their lives.
The Australian housewife also was the star of two An Audience With programmes from London Weekend Television.
Before the Dame, an early incarnation of Edna Everage in 1974
Edna on screen in 1983.
Devised by Barry Humpfries – who she calls her agent – in the fifties Dame Edna has been entertaining audiences for pver sixty years. For much of that time she was assisted by her bridesmaid Madge Allsop, until her death in 2008, and was a bedside companion – when not jet-setting around the globe to help others – to her late husband Norm who died in 1988 after much trouble with his prostate.
Edna has a mixed family life. Her first daughter, Lois, when still an infant, went missing and was believed to have been abducted by a “rogue koala” during a family camp-out in the outback while her second daughter Valmai became her assistant for The Dame Edna Treatment; however laziness is a major problem for Valmai. Edna’s son, Kenneth, is popular with men who wear leather. He has a successful creative side and designs all of his mother’s frocks while her eldest son Bruce works as an engineer in South Melbourne and is married to Joylene from Ivanhoe.
The Dame’s late mother spent many years incarcerated in a “maximum-security twilight home for the permanently bewildered” after her death Edna celebrated by piling her mother’s belongings on the home lawn and torching them which later formed a song on a hit-album which also brought the world a disco version of Waltzing Matilda which Mrs Everage even performed on Top of The Pops.
“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.” – Rachel Ashdown, BBC Commissioning Editor
Dame Edna has a problematic family, which she has compared to The Windsors of Great Britain.
The megastar is a friend to the rich and famous.
Edna has presided over two editions of An Audience With.