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Born: 05 May, 1943
TV Series Starring Michael Palin
Sahara is the size of the United States with a population the size of Norfolk, a small UK county. The temperatures are extreme, the camels are poisoned... this is another of Michael Palin's exciting globe-trotting adventures. During his travels across the Sahara Desert, Michael meets interesting people, learns about their cultures, and goes through what they do in their everyday lives.
Full Circle (UK)
Michael Palin takes off again, this time to circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean. Together with his crew, the team travelled 50,000 miles through 17 countries over 10 months. Relive the adventure in this exciting series.
Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime
Michael Palin revisits his travel series, beginning with Around the World in 80 Days. He draws on his personal archive of audio recordings and diary notebooks, and reflects on how he became a seasoned global traveller. The first episode revisits his visits to Venice, Cairo, Saudi Arabia, India, Hong Kong and China - a nation that was closed to most westerners at the time. Featuring contributions from fans and friends including David Attenborough, Joanna Lumley and Simon Reeve.
Gwyneth Hughes' adaptation of Thackeray's literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of "villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing", takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.
The show follows the character of Tom Parfitt, a eighty-odd year old man who lives alone in his terraced house, in a otherwise entirely Asian community in a small Yorkshire town. He suddenly remembers a strange drowned figure washed up on the beach. The ghostly figures bares over everything Tom does and this image soon begins haunting others as well.
Brazil with Michael Palin
This is a documentary series which follows Michael as he finds out more about the country of Brazil.
Monty Python: Almost The Truth
In commemoration of its 40th year of offbeat humor, Monty Python's Flying Circus is to the be subject of a documentary that will air October 4-10, 2009. Expect all the major players to be in attendance.
Around the World in 80 Days (UK)
Michael Palin attempts to re-create the journey of the fictional character of Phileas Fogg (from the Jules Verne novel after which the series is named) who circumnavigates the globe (without flying) in 80 days.
Michael Palin's New Europe
Michael Palin explores the European countries which were once part of the Eastern bloc and inaccessible to the rest of Europe.
Himalaya with Michael Palin
Michael Palin travels on a long trek through the largest mountain range in the world: the Himalaya. In 125 days, our host visits countries in these mountains, such as Pakistan, China, India, Bhutan, and many more. But this is no easy journey.
Michael Palin sets off in the footsteps of legendary American writer Ernest Hemingway. He visits key locations from Hemingway's life in Europe, Africa and America.
Pole to Pole
Adventure traveler Michael Palin offers up this follow-up to Around the World in 80 Days as he traverses 16 countries over the two hemispheres to experience the North and South Poles.
This is a collection of tales that make for 'ripping good' television. Michael Palin plays a different lead character in each yarn.
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The irreverent Monty Python comedy troupe present a series of skits which are often surreal, baudy, uncompromising, tasteless, but inevitably hilarious.