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My career as an impressionist started early. From the age of five or six, I used to imitate the sound of car wheels screeching – sometimes too effectively: Mum was always telling Dad off for driving too fast, and on occasion she would do this when he was driving at a reasonable speed, because of me.
From a very early age, I had a great memory for voices, a good ear. I would borrow my older brother’s cassette player, balance the microphone on a cushion in front of the TV and record my favourite shows, like Fawlty Towers and Ripping Yarns. I would listen back time and again. Slowly and meticulously, I learned to do all the voices. I was called upon regularly to bring to life some aspect of the »
- Steve Coogan
Michael Palin Cbe has achieved that rare feat of being not only a man of multiple trades - actor, comedian, writer, presenter and political campaigner - but a master of them all.
Best known for being one sixth of iconic comedy group Monty Python, Palin has carved a hugely successful and varied career in showbusiness.
His achievements range from winning the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in 1989 for his role in A Fish Called Wanda, to travelling across the world in 80 days, to reuniting with his fellow Pythons for a hugely anticipated series of live Monty Python shows last year.
In the name of getting to know one of Britain's most famous men a little better, we headed to BAFTA HQ on Tuesday night (March 17) for the latest in BAFTA's live strand A Life in Television. Host David Walliams certainly extracted a host of fascinating facts about Palin's life (and »
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) are to host a special evening dedicated to Michael Palin.
The Monty Python star will discuss his career at the 'Life in Television' event at BAFTA headquarters in London on Tuesday, March 17.
Palin will speak about his five-decade career, including projects on TV, film and stage and as a writer, performer and presenter.
Andrew Newman, Chair of the BAFTA Television Committee, said: "From Monty Python to Ripping Yarns to GBH to Around the World in 80 Days and beyond, Michael Palin has been a comedian, a writer, an actor and a factual presenter and has excelled at every one of them.
"We're excited to celebrate his remarkable career at this second event in our new 'BAFTA A Life in Television' strand. 'BAFTA A Life in Television' offers the chance to hear directly from unique talents and explore what makes them so special to British television. »
Ian Ogilvy: Saints, Sorcerers and Secret Agents
Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston recently caught up with the legendary Ian Ogilvy to discuss projects past and present.
Ian Ogilvy: Well, when we were 15 years old we made a couple of amateur movies together after we were introduced by a mutual friend and we became great friends. I used to stay at his mother’s house with him in Norfolk and over two years we made these two little amateur movies. I then lost contact with him as I went off and did different things like attending drama school and he went »
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4 items from 2015
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