ONE of Australia's most infamous 'diplomats' - the wine-reddened Sir Les Patterson - has been spending the weekend sampling the hospitality at Government House. Sir Les, the alter ego of comedian Barry Humphries, is in the territory to shoot a handover special to be screened on BBC television in Britain this summer. The often-inebriated, tousled former 'Australian Cultural Attache to the Far East' plans to revisit some of his favourite haunts before Hong Kong returns to Chinese sovereignty - with a film crew in tow. 'We'll be visiting a few places in the Wan Chai area,' Humphries told the Sunday Morning Post. 'It's called The Last Night of the Poms and it's Les Patterson's personal nostalgic gesture because, before he was called to the Court of St James, he was Australian Cultural Attache. 'It's going to be a fairly hair-raising improvisation and the camera crew will be at the beck and call of Sir Les.' Humphries, widely-known as the gladioli-toting Dame Edna Everage, has been a house guest of Governor Chris Patten and his wife, Lavender, for the past few days. 'We've known each other for some time,' he said. Sir Les will move out of Government House today and begin strolling the streets and bars in search of old and new acquaintances. The spittle-flecked and outspoken diplomat is understood to be soaking up invitations from prominent residents including Shanghai Tang and China Club frontman David Tang. 'Les was here in the early 70s and he is still remembered by many people,' Humphries said. 'He's always been a little bemused that, since he's arrived, many politicians seem to have modelled themselves on him.'