This 2004 BBC television series records comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin's six-month trip across the Himalaya mountain range, covering an amazingly diverse range of cultures and ... See full summary »
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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
Only a few days after Palin and crew left the Soviet Union, the "Generals' Coup" that arrested Gorbachev and led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the rise of Boris Yeltsin took place, while Palin was still on a Soviet-registered passenger ship crossing the Black Sea. See more »
I came to this right after watching Palin's "Himalaya" and thinking that his earlier work could not possibly be as magnificent. I was dead wrong.
Pole to Pole is not just entertaining or informative or impressive. It is important and relevant and borderline awe-inspiring. Palin is the perfect prism through which to view a disintegrating Soviet Union or the most barren and inhospitable parts of Africa: the man manages to never be patronizing or negative or simplistic; even though, am sure, not everything is impromptu and unstaged, even though there are the "this is gonna make a great TV moment" scenes, his timing and comic genius and general sense of the surreal, combined with enthusiasm and warmth and basic humanity, canvas out a lot of what is great and diverse and sad and decent about our world. This is one of the greatest travelogues of all time.
Special mention has to be made of Palin's utter unpretentiousness and honesty. And fearlessness. He is bloody fearless in the sense that he chooses not to edit out scenes where he is butt naked, visibly drunk, awkward, or overwhelmed.
This is grand stuff, TV at its very best.
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