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 »
In this four part BBC television series presented by British comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin, and broadcast in 2002. In it, Palin traveled around the Sahara Desert in Northern ... See full summary »
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Michael Palin has taken on the task of duplicating Phileas Fogg's feat by attempting to circumnavigate the globe, beginning and ending at the Reform Club in London, in eighty days, using no air travel. He meets Python fans in Greece, eats snake in China, and generally goes from one adventure to another, all the while fighting to make his deadline.Written by
Episode 3: Ancient Mariners turned out to be a high point of the production: Palin himself remarks that he and his crew felt welcomed by the crew of the dhow, Al Sham, like they were family and that he thought he might never see any of them again. Twenty years later Palin retraced part of his journey through the Middle East in Around the World in 20 Years (2008) and inquired with the original company that booked his passage on the dhow. His investigation led him to be reunited with the dhow's captain at his home along with several of the surviving crew. Palin reported that the Al Sham had sunk after catching fire while being towed for repairs on the Indian Ocean. See more »
A fascinating look at the world through adventurer's eyes.
Michael Palin manages to make us look at the world through a fascinating perspective. He talks about Philleas Fogg as though as if he was a real character that he's trying to catch up and in the meantime we share with him the joys and dangers of a journey that takes him from the battlefields of the Middle East, to the Purple Mountains of the American West. We can see how the world changes as people and places differ and we get a small taste of our wonderful and diverse world. Definitely a must see for anyone who enjoys travel.
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