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‘Sherlock’ Creators, Michael Palin to Attend New U.K. Television Festival

‘Sherlock’ Creators, Michael Palin to Attend New U.K. Television Festival
The British Film Institute and Radio Times, one of the U.K.’s leading TV listings magazines, have teamed up to create the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival. The event, set to be the largest public television festival in the U.K., will take place April 7- 9 at BFI Southbank.

The festival will have more than 30 events, including talks with some of the biggest names in British broadcasting; exclusive U.K. and international previews; rare archive screenings; book signings; family programming; and a “fiendishly tricky” TV quiz.

The festival’s line-up includes appearances from British TV stars such as Monty Python’s Michael Palin, “Sherlock” creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and “The Durrells” actress Keeley Hawes, as well as a tribute to comedy actress Victoria Wood with guests including Julie Walters.

There will be premieres of the new season of “The Durrells,” and an exclusive look at new Sky series “Guerrilla,” starring
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Stephen Fry in Central America review: firmly in Wish You Were Here territory

Mischievous and charming, he is moved to tears by a Mexico City demonstration against the drug wars – but there’s no attempt to investigate and tell us more

It’s all Michael Palin’s fault. In 1989 Palin fronted Around the World in 80 Days, a recreation of Phileas Fogg’s global gambol for the BBC, and did such a good job that he inaugurated a new sub-genre: the celebrity travelogue. We all know what happened next: in the years since, there’s barely been a celeb who hasn’t donned bumbag and jetted off to a far corner of the world to “explore the real Tibet/Alaska/Guernsey”.

Some of these travelogues have been pretty good (Paul Merton in China), others have been quite, quite bad (that one where Richard E Grant luxuriated smugly in various hotel rooms), but few have given off the sense of being much more than a broadcaster-funded jolly.
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BAFTA to host A Life in Television event with Michael Palin

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.
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10 Things About... Michael Palin

Frequently described as "Britain's nicest man", Michael Palin really has done it all. From playing a singing, cross-dressing lumberjack to travelling Around the World in 80 Days, the star has no plans to stop yet. He's even about to venture further than ever before, as he joins the Clangers' little moon planet as their new narrator.

Palin is a household name in the UK and around the world, thanks to his globetrotting adventures and most prominently his Monty Python fame. But here are some facts you may not know about the comedian...

1. Michael Edward Palin was born in Broomhill, Sheffield on May 5, 1943. He attended Birkdale Preparatory School and had his first acting - and possibly cross-dressing - experience at the age of 5 in a performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which he played Martha Cratchit... and fell off the stage.

Undeterred by this unfortunate turn of events and despite his extreme stage fright,
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BBC accountants' shallow pockets gave Michael Palin a global hit | Media Monkey

Michael Palin became the modern-day Phileas Fogg solely because of the BBC's penny-pinching ways, he has revealed in an interview with the Travel Channel. The former Python has previously admitted he was not first choice for the job presenting Around the World in 80 Days – but now he tells us why the Beeb missed out on its top pick because of its refusal to stump up for some posh nosh. Alan Whicker had been lined up for the spot, but as Palin reveals: "He didn't do it because they took him for lunch to the Pizza Hut in Shepherd's Bush." Seeing as how successful the series was with the Python at the helm, Monkey would like to thank BBC accountants for not approving dinner at the Ritz.

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Alan Whicker, globetrotting TV presenter, dies aged 87

Broadcaster and journalist best known for his long-running TV series Whicker's World

In a 1969 television documentary about Haiti, Alan Whicker, who has died aged 87, asked the notorious dictator "Papa Doc" Duvalier, in kindly, innocently interested and rather baffled tones: "But Papa Doc, they say you torture people?" It was a succinct example of the former Fleet Street journalist's ability to ask the most piercing questions while giving those being questioned no personal provocation or excuse to break off the interview – an ability that, if not unique, was certainly less common among other interviewers in a world often dominated by inflated egos.

As long ago as the early 1970s, some of the young turks of TV were writing Whicker off as out of date. Instead, the thick spectacles, immaculate blue blazer, neat military moustache, and persistently unjudgmental and blandly phrased questions, plus a commentary in alliterative tabloidese, gave him a career
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Michael Palin To Receive Fellowship At Arqiva BAFTA TV Awards!

Thn are proud to announce that English comedian, actor, writer and presenter Michael Palin Cbe will receive BAFTA’s highly-regarded accolade, the Fellowship, at this year’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 12th May at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and we have the official release for the career of this outstanding individual!

Starting out as a writer for series such as The Frost Report, Michael quickly found himself in front of the camera. He is a founding member of world-renowned comedy group Monty Python, featuring in such classics as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Holy Grail and Life of Brian. Michael’s intelligence, wit and masterful creativity were crucial elements to Monty Python’s success.

Michael continues to work on several critically acclaimed televised series, presenting some of the most recognised travel documentaries on television: Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle,
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Michael Palin to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

Michael Palin to Receive BAFTA Fellowship
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to fete former Monty Python star Michael Palin.

The English comedian and writer will receive BAFTA’s top honor, the Fellowship, at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on May 12 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

BAFTA chairman John Willis said: “Michael Palin, ex-Python, writer, presenter and BAFTA-winning actor whose amiable onscreen manner belies the seriousness of his craft, has made an incredible contribution to the medium over five decades.”

Palin kicked off his career as a writer for series such as “The Frost Report,” before becoming a founding member of comedy group Monty Python. As well as the BBC TV series Palin starred in Python features “The Holy Grail” and “Life of Brian.”

Since the demise of Python, Palin has penned and presented a string of TV series, including travel docs “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Pole to Pole.
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Nick Hewer gets serious on Sierra Leone

Documentaries could do without celebrities, says Mark Lawson. It is the televisual equivalent of tourists travelling with Pot Noodles because of concerns about the local nosh

Although it hasn't achieved the highest television honour of being declared a Sierra Leone Theme Night, Sunday is still a big day in the schedules for the west African state. Suddenly, in schedules where the main foreign presences are American and Scandanavian, this country gets two hours of peak-time: Toughest Place To Be ... (BBC2, 9pm) follows a Cornish fisherman to the coast of Sierra Leone shortly after Nick Hewer: Countdown to Freetown (Channel 4, 7pm) sends the Sugar sidekick and word-game host to the nation's capital with the aim of delivering an industrial saw and generator to a teenage carpenter trying to set up a business.

And it's not just the location that the shows have in common: the two programmes nicely highlight
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Barrowman, Klass for Children In Need

John Barrowman and Myleene Klass will travel around the world to help raise money for this year's BBC Children In Need, it has been announced. Around The World In 80 Days sees six pairs of celebrities race against the clock to re-enact the odysseys of Phileas Fogg and Michael Palin. The first leg will be completed by comedians Frank Skinner and Lee Mack, Apprentice stars Nick Hewer and Saira Khan will be tackling leg two, followed by Countryfile presenters Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker, who are completing leg three. The final three parts of the challenge will be attempted by celebrity pairs comprising of Bill (more)
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