Michael Palin returns to BBC Two to reflect on his landmark travel series

In a new four-part documentary



The series will see Michael take the viewer back in time to encounter the places he visited - extraordinary countries and moments from Around The World In 80 Days, Pole To Pole, Full Circle and Sahara, allowing us to experience them as he did, and hear for the first-time his untold personal stories.

Viewers are invited to reflect upon global change and how travel has evolved over time, with additional insight from other famous fans, colleagues and television travellers who have admired his work. Michael will reveal just how challenging the journeys were - both personally and professionally - and how he became one of the most influential TV travellers of our time, discovering that his thirst for adventure was shared by millions of viewers.

Michael Palin says: “When I went Round The World In 80 Days back in 1988, I had no idea that travel would become an addiction, and that I would spend the coming decades filming these spectacular series across the globe. Luckily, I kept a diary, and in this series I’m digging into my archives to revisit some of the amazing places and people I visited, and asking myself - how did travel change my life?”

Beejal Patel, Commissioning Executive for the BBC, says: “As well as being an exceptional storyteller, Michael connected us with places and people that had never been seen before in such a relatable way.

"Michael has a lifetime of fascinating tales and anecdotes from his career as a television traveller with the BBC that make for a perfect excuse to travel back in time. I know this nostalgic production for BBC Two will inspire young and old to learn about the vibrant and diverse world we live in."

Executive Producer Iain Scollay says: “It’s a real honour and privilege to work with Michael on this project. While we all dream of foreign travel, to have Michael open up his private archive and replay the extraordinary trips of his life has been a wonderful treat.”

Simon Reeve, Joanna Lumley, Ade Adepitan, Bruce Parry, Ed Balls, Greg James, Nicola Coughlan, Kari Herbert, Ed Byrne and Amar Latif will also be paying tribute to Michael and talking about their about their travelling adventures.

Michael Palin’s Travels is a 4 x 60 Firecrest Films Production for BBC Two. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two, and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning Documentaries, History and Religion. The Commissioning Editor is Beejal Patel and the Executive Producer for Firecrest Films is Iain Scollay.

Source BBC TWO

August 6, 2020 3:35am ET by BBC TWO  


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