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Michael Palin packs his bags in this sequel to his round the world in 80 days adventure. This time his journey takes him from the North Pole to the South Pole, in as direct a route as possible, taking him through the eastern part of Africa. Written by
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This is one of those multi-part shows that I wish A&E would rerun every month; it's a delight from start to finish.
Michael Palin travels from the North Pole to the South Pole by the most direct routes, runs into the most interesting people, places and situations, and lets nothing get in his way. The best thing about the series is Palin, who seems to always be on the brink of some hilarity. He never really goes over the edge, but he always seems to be about to. He interviews a Turkish masseur, who seems to have learnt his trade by watching World Wrestling Federation videos, and gets a massage that looks like it breaks a few bones; he rides a rattletrap train in Africa, where the less-than-appetizing entree is a spiny fish that looks to be more bone than fish; he travels across the Black Sea on a Russian steamer, hobnobbing with just plain Russian folk who are very, very friendly; he takes part in the evening's festivities aboard a luxury liner going up the Nile, dressed as a Roman centurion. Through it all he smiles and has a visibly great time, and so does the viewer. This is an 8 part series, I believe, and seems to be over far too soon.
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