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Michael Palin

Palin in Trento, Italy
Born 5 May 1943 (1943-05-05) (age 65)
Broomhill, Sheffield, England, UK
Occupation Actor, writer, television presenter
Known for Monty Python and travel documentaries.
Spouse Helen Gibbins
(married 1966 – present)
Children 3
Website
Palin's Travels

Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943), is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. Image File history File links Michael Palin 1999 BBC Monty Python 30th Anniversary This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Trento (Italian: Trento; German: Trient; Latin: Tridentum; Note that many of the regions Italian languages/dialects use Trent or Trènt) is an Italian city located in the Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Broomhill ward—which includes the districts of Broomhill, Crookesmoor, Endcliffe, and Tapton—is one of the 28 electoral wards in City of Sheffield, England. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A television presenter is a British term for a person who is known for introducing or hosting television programmes. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons,[2][3] is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A television presenter is a British term for a person who introduces or hosts television programmes. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons,[2][3] is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ...


Palin wrote most of his material with Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had worked on other shows such as The Ken Dodd Show, The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including "The Dead Parrot", "The Lumberjack Song", "The Spanish Inquisition" and "Spam". Palin continued to work with Jones, co-writing Ripping Yarns. He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[1] In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted the 30th favourite by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.[2] Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... The Frost Report was a satirical television show hosted by Sir David Frost. ... From left to right: David Jason, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. ... Palin, Cleese and the dead parrot, from And Now For Something Completely Different. ... Michael Palin performs The Lumberjack Song, with Connie Booth as his best girl. ... Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! This article is about the Monty Python comedy sketch. ... This article is about the television comedy sketch. ... Ripping Yarns (BBC video cover) Ripping Yarns was a British television comedy series, written by former Pythons Michael Palin and Terry Jones. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... A Fish Called Wanda is a movie released in 1988 by MGM. It was written by John Cleese and directed by Charles Crichton. ... In the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role actors of all nationalities are eligible to receive the award. ...


After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer. His journeys have taken him across the world, the North and South Poles, the Sahara desert, the Himalayas and most recently, Eastern Europe. In 2000 Palin became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to television.[3] Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross...

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Early life and career

Palin was born in Broomhill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, the son of Mary and Edward Palin.[4] His father was an engineer working for a steel firm. He started his education at Birkdale preparatory school, Sheffield, and later Shrewsbury School. When he was five years old at Birkdale, Palin had his first acting experience playing Martha Cratchit in a school performance of A Christmas Carol. At the age of ten Palin, still interested in acting, made a comedy monologue and read a Shakespeare play to his mother while playing all the parts.[5] After his school days in 1962 he went on to read modern history at Brasenose College, Oxford. With fellow student Robert Hewison he performed and wrote, for the first time, comedy material at a university Christmas party.[6] Terry Jones, also a student in Oxford, saw that performance and began writing together with Hewison and Palin.[5] In the same year Palin joined the Brightside and Carbrook Co-Operative Society Players and first gained fame when he won an acting award at a Co-Op drama festival.[7] He also performed in the Oxford Revue with Jones. Broomhill ward—which includes the districts of Broomhill, Crookesmoor, Endcliffe, and Tapton—is one of the 28 electoral wards in City of Sheffield, England. ... Birkdale School is a Christian public school for boys in the city of Sheffield, Yorkshire in England, and is a member of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference. ... In English language usage in the former British Empire, the present-day Commonwealth, a preparatory school (usually abbreviated to prep school) is an independent school preparing children up to the age of eleven or thirteen for fee-paying, secondary independent schools, some of which are called public schools. ... Shrewsbury School (formally known as King Edward VI Grammar School, Shrewsbury) is an independent school, located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. ... For other uses, see A Christmas Carol (disambiguation). ... Modern history describes the history of the Modern Times, the era after the Middle Ages. ... and of the Brasenose College College name The Kings Hall and College of Brasenose Latin name aula regia et collegium aenei nasi Named after Bronze door knocker Established 1509 Sister college Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Principal Prof. ... Robert Hewison (born 1943) is a British academic and author. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... The Oxford Revue is a sketch comedy group featuring students from Oxford University. ...


In 1966 he married Helen Gibbins, whom he first met in 1959 on holiday in Southwold in Suffolk — the county he has returned to in recent years to live. This meeting was later fictionalised in Palin's play East of Ipswich.[8] The couple have three children, and at least one grand child.[9] While still a baby, his son William briefly appeared in Monty Python and the Holy Grail as Sir Not-appearing-in-this-film. Statistics Population: 1,458 (2001 Census) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TM510763 Administration District: Waveney Shire county: Suffolk Region: East of England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Suffolk Historic county: Suffolk Services Police force: Suffolk Constabulary Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: {{{Ambulance}}} Post office and... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. ...


After finishing university in 1965 Palin became a presenter on a comedy pop show called Now! for the television contractor Television Wales and the West.[10] At the same time Palin was contacted by Jones, who had left university a year earlier, for assistance in writing a theatrical documentary about sex through the ages.[11] Although this project was eventually abandoned, it brought Palin and Jones together as a writing duo and led them to write comedy for various BBC programmes, such as The Ken Dodd Show, The Billy Cotton Bandshow, and The Illustrated Weekly Hudd.[12] They were also in the team of writers working for The Frost Report, whose other members included Frank Muir, Barry Cryer, Marty Feldman, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Dick Vosburgh, and future Monty Python members Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle. Although the members of Monty Python had already encountered each other over the years, The Frost Report was the first time all the British members of Monty Python (its sixth member, Terry Gilliam, was at that time an American citizen) worked together. During the run of The Frost Report the Palin/Jones team contributed material to two shows starring John Bird: The Late Show and A series of Bird's. For A series of Bird's the Palin/Jones team had their first experience of writing narrative instead of the short sketches they were accustomed to conceiving.[13] TWW Logo Television Wales and the West (TWW) was the British Independent Television (commercial television) contractor for the South Wales and West of England franchise area 1956-1968 (franchise awarded October 26, 1956, started transmissions on January 14, 1958). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The Frost Report was a satirical television show hosted by Sir David Frost. ... Frank Muir (5 February 1920 - 2 January 1998) was an English comedy writer, radio and television personality, and raconteur. ... Barry Cryer (born March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) is a writer and comedian. ... Martin Alan Marty Feldman (8 July 1934[1] – 2 December 1982) was an English writer, comedian and BAFTA award winning actor, notable for his bulging eyes, which were the result of a thyroid condition known as Graves Disease. ... Ronald William George Barker, OBE (25 September 1929 – 3 October 2005), popularly known as Ronnie Barker was an English comic actor and writer. ... Ronnie Corbett in Extras Ronald Balfour Corbett, OBE (born 4 December 1930 in Edinburgh, commonly credited as Ronnie Corbett) is a British comedian and actor, best known as one of The Two Ronnies. ... Dick Vosburgh (born Richard Kennedy Vosburgh 27 August 1929 in Elizabeth, New Jersey – 18 April 2007 in London) was an American-born comedy writer and lyricist working chiefly in Britain. ... Dr. Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Cleese redirects here. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... There have been several well-known people named John Bird, including: John Bird (actor) John Bird (astronomer) John Bird (politician) ...


Following The Frost Report the Palin/Jones team worked as actors and writers on the show Twice a fortnight with Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Jonathan Lynn, and the successful children's comedy show Do Not Adjust Your Set with Idle and David Jason. The show also featured musical numbers by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, including future Monty Python musical collaborator Neil Innes. The animations for Do Not Adjust Your Set were made by Terry Gilliam, who joined the cast on Cleese's recommendation and began working with the Palin/Jones team for the first time. Eager to work with Palin[14] sans Jones, Cleese later asked him to perform in How to Irritate People together with Chapman and Tim Brooke-Taylor. The Palin/Jones team were reunited for The Complete and Utter History of Britain. Twice a Fortnight, which was made in 1967, was a British sketch comedy television comedy series with Terry Jones. ... Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... Jonathan Lynn (born April 3, 1943), is a British actor and comedy writer. ... From left to right: David Jason, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. ... Sir David John White, OBE known by his stage name David Jason (born 2 February 1940) is a highly regarded English actor, admired equally for his dramatic work as for his comedy roles. ... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band or to fans simply the Bonzos) were the brainchild of a British art-school set of the 1960s. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Cover of the DVD version. ... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... A forerunner to Monty Pythons Flying Circus, The Complete And Utter History Of Britain was a 1969 television comedy sketch show which provided an idiosyncratic view of British history. ...


During this period Cleese contacted Palin about doing the show that would ultimately become Monty Python's Flying Circus. On the strength of their work on The Frost Report and other programmes Cleese and Chapman had been offered a show by the BBC, but Cleese was reluctant to do a two-man show for various reasons, among them Chapman's reputedly difficult personality. At the same time the success of Do Not Adjust Your Set had led Palin, Jones, Idle, and Gilliam to be offered their own series and, while it was still in production, Palin agreed to Cleese's proposal and brought along Idle, Jones, and Gilliam. Thus the formation of the Monty Python troupe has been referred to as a result of Cleese's desire to work with Palin and the chance circumstances that brought the other four members into the fold.[15] This article is about the comedy duo. ...


Monty Python

Main article: Monty Python
Palin performs The Lumberjack Song, with Connie Booth as his "best Girl."
Palin performs The Lumberjack Song, with Connie Booth as his "best Girl."

In Monty Python, Palin played various roles, which ranged from manic enthusiasm (such as the lumberjack of the Lumberjack Song) to unflappable calmness (such as the Dead Parrot vendor, Cheese Shop proprietor, or Postal Clerk). As a straight man he was often a foil to the rising ire of characters portrayed by John Cleese. Monty Python, or The Pythons,[2][3] is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Image File history File links Lumberjack_Song. ... Image File history File links Lumberjack_Song. ... Constance Booth (Born: December 2, 1944) is an American writer and actress best known for her appearances on British television, and particularly for her work with her former husband John Cleese. ... Lumberjacks in Oregon, c. ... Michael Palin performs The Lumberjack Song, with Connie Booth as his best girl. ... Palin, Cleese and the dead parrot, from And Now For Something Completely Different. ... John Cleese (right) and Michael Palin (left) of Monty Python performing the Cheese Shop sketch. ... This article is about the comedy duo. ...


Palin frequently wrote with Terry Jones for the sketches, including "The Lumberjack Song" and "Spam". Some sketches Palin wrote by himself (or began by himself), such as the "Spanish Inquisition sketch", in which a fairly widespread catchphrase was created: "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" This article is about the television comedy sketch. ... Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! This article is about the Monty Python comedy sketch. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... This article is about one of the historical Inquisitions. ...


These sketches take everyday situations: idle chatter in the sitting room; dining out—and introduce an unexpected rogue element: Cardinals of the Spanish Inquisition; an impossibly overweight man with the equally improbable surname of Creosote. From here, Palin and Jones commence to elaborate upon the newly created environment, carrying it to logical or illogical extremes: having waiter Cleese feed Mr. Creosote until he actually explodes, showering the other diners in viscera; or attempting to torture innocent old ladies with cushions and comfy chairs. In anatomy, the viscera are the internal organs of an animal, in particular the internal organs of the head, thorax and abdomen. ...


Other performances

Palin in the Ripping Yarns episode: The Testing of Eric Olthwaite
Palin in the Ripping Yarns episode: The Testing of Eric Olthwaite

After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over three years from 1976. They had earlier colloborated on the play "Secrets" from the BBC series Black and Blue in 1973. Palin also appeared in All You Need Is Cash (1978) as Eric Manchester (based on Derek Taylor), the press agent for The Rutles. Image File history File linksMetadata Ripping_Yarns_-_Eric_Olthwaite_Being_Tested. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Ripping_Yarns_-_Eric_Olthwaite_Being_Tested. ... Ripping Yarns (BBC video cover) Ripping Yarns was a British television comedy series, written by former Pythons Michael Palin and Terry Jones. ... Ripping Yarns (BBC video cover) Ripping Yarns was a British television comedy series, written by former Pythons Michael Palin and Terry Jones. ... Secrets is a one-hour 1973 BBC Television play by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, starring Warren Mitchell as the owner of a chocolate factory. ... Black and Blue was a BBC TV comedy-drama series, first broadcast in 1973. ... All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ... Derek Taylor (1932-1997) is best known as the press agent for the hugely popular rock band, The Beatles. ... The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ...


In 1982, Palin wrote and starred in The Missionary, co-starring Maggie Smith. In it, he plays the Reverend Charles Fortesque, who is recalled from Africa to aid prostitutes. The Missionary is a 1982 British comedy directed by Richard Loncraine, produced by George Harrison, Denis OBrian, Michael Palin (also the films writer) and Neville C. Thompson. ... Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, DBE (born December 28, 1934), better known as Dame Maggie Smith, is an English film, stage, and television actress who made her screen debut in 1958 and is still performing after 50 years. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


He appeared in Terry Gilliam's films Time Bandits, Jabberwocky, and Brazil. His biggest international role in a movie outside of Python was as stuttering would-be assassin Ken Pile in A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[1] The film was such a success that Cleese reunited the main cast almost a decade later to make Fierce Creatures. This article is about the 1981 motion picture. ... Jabberwocky (1977) is a comic medieval film by Monty Pythons resident animator, Terry Gilliam. ... A Fish Called Wanda is a movie released in 1988 by MGM. It was written by John Cleese and directed by Charles Crichton. ... In the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role actors of all nationalities are eligible to receive the award. ... Fierce Creatures is a 1997 comedy movie, John Cleese and companys follow-up to the widely popular A Fish Called Wanda. ...


After filming for Fierce Creatures finished, Palin went on a travel journey for a BBC documentary and, returning a year later, found that the end of Fierce Creatures had failed at test screenings and had to be reshot.

Palin plays a torturer in film Brazil.

Apart from Fierce Creatures, Palin's last film role was a small part in The Wind in the Willows, a film directed by and starring Terry Jones. Palin also appeared with John Cleese in his documentary, The Human Face. Palin was in the cast of You've Got Mail, the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romantic comedy as a subplot novelist, but his role was eventually cut entirely for reasons that remain opaque. Image File history File links Brazil_04. ... Image File history File links Brazil_04. ... The Wind in the Willows, released on video in the U.S. as Mr. ... The Human Face is a four-hour series and broadcast in the U.S. on the Learning Channel, The Human Face benefits from host, narrator, and cowriter John Cleeses signature blend of erudition, enthusiasm, and wit. ... Youve Got Mail is an American romantic comedy released in 1998 by Warner Brothers. ... Thomas Jeffrey Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. ... Meg Ryan (born November 19, 1961) is an American actress who specializes in romantic comedies but has also worked in other film genres. ...


He also assisted Campaign for Better Transport (UK) and others with campaigns on sustainable transport, particularly those relating to urban areas, and has been president of the campaign since 1986.[16] The Campaign for Better Transport was founded in 1972 as Transport 2000. In its role as a prominent environmental transport campaign group, the organisation claims to be concerned with transport that improves our quality of life and reduces our environmental impact.[1] Campaign for Better Transport actively promotes greater use...


Palin has also appeared in serious drama. In 1991 Palin worked as producer and actor in the film American Friends based upon a real event in the life of his great grandfather, a fellow at St John's College, Oxford.[17] In that same year he also played the part of a headmaster in Alan Bleasdale's Channel 4 drama series G.B.H.. American Friends is a comic film, released in 1991, starring Michael Palin. ... College name St Johns College Collegium Divi Joannis Baptistae Named after Saint John the Baptist Established 1555 Sister College Sidney Sussex College President Sir Michael Scholar KCB JCR President Rhys Jones Undergraduates 381 Graduates 184 Homepage Boatclub St Johns College is one of the constituent colleges of the... Alan Bleasdale (born March 23, 1946 in Liverpool, England, UK) is a British television dramatist, best known for several powerful social drama serials based around the lives of ordinary people. ... This article is about the British television station. ... G.B.H. was a seven-part British television drama written by Alan Bleasdale, made by independent production company Cinema Verity and shown in the summer of 1991 on Channel 4. ...


Palin also had a small cameo role in Australian soap opera Home and Away. He played an English surfer with a fear of sharks, who interrupts a heart-to-heart between two main characters to ask whether there were any sharks in the sea. This was filmed while he was in Australia for the Full Circle series, with a segment about the filming of the role featuring in the series. Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the sixth-largest country in the world, the only country to occupy an entire continent, and the largest in the region of Australasia/Oceania. ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... Home and Away (also commonly known as H&A) is a Logie-winning soap opera that is produced in Sydney by the Seven Network since July 1987. ... See World Wide Web for surfing the web; see also Wind surfing Surfing at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. ... For other uses, see Shark (disambiguation). ...


Travel documentaries

Main article: List of countries Michael Palin has travelled to

Palin's first travel documentary was part of the 1980 BBC Television series Great Railway Journeys of the World, in which — humorously reminiscing about his childhood hobby of train spotting — he travelled throughout the UK by train, from London to the Kyle of Lochalsh, via Manchester, York, Edinburgh and Inverness. At the Kyle of Lochalsh, Palin bought the station's long metal platform sign and is seen lugging it back to London with him. BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ... This article is about the hobby of train spotting, for other uses see Trainspotting. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... , Kyle of Lochalsh (from the Scottish Gaelic Caol Loch Aillse, strait of the foaming lake) is a village on the northwest coast of Scotland, 63 miles (100 km) west of Inverness. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see York (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Edinburgh (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city in Scotland. ...


In 1994, Palin travelled through Ireland for the same series, entitled "Derry to Kerry". In a quest for family roots, he attempted to trace his great grandmother — Brita Gallagher — who set sail from Ireland 150 years ago during the Great Famine (1845-1849), bound for a new life in Burlington, New Jersey. The series is a trip along the Palin family line. Great Irish Famine may also refer to Great Irish Famine (1740-1741). ... The City of Burlington highlighted in Burlington County. ...


Starting in 1989, Palin has appeared as presenter in a series of travel programmes made for the BBC. These programmes have been broadcast around the world in syndication, and were also sold on VHS tape and later on DVD: Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...

Following each trip, Palin wrote a book about his travels, providing information and insights not included in the TV programme. Each book is illustrated with photographs by Basil Pao, the stills photographer who was on the team. (Exception: the first book, Around the World in 80 Days, contains some pictures by Pao but most are by other photographers.) This article is about the French author. ... Flying machine redirects here. ... Pole to Pole is a book and documentary, released in 1992, narrated by Michael Palin. ... For other uses, see North Pole (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see South Pole (disambiguation). ... Longitude is the east-west geographic coordinate measurement most commonly utilized in cartography and global navigation. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... DVD cover Full Circle with Michael Palin is the title of a 1997 documentary television series produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... Satellite photo of the Bering Strait, with the Diomede Islands at center. ... Satellite photo of the Bering Strait Photo across the Bering Strait Nautical chart of the Bering Strait The Bering Strait (Russian: ) is a sea strait between Cape Dezhnev, Russia, the easternmost point (169°43 W) of the Asian continent and Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, the westernmost point (168°05... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Oceania (disambiguation). ... World map showing the Americas CIA political map of the Americas in an equal-area projection The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World, consisting of the continents of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions. ... Michael Palins Hemingway Adventure is a book and documentary narrated by Michael Palin. ... Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 — July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... West Indies redirects here. ... Sahara with Michael Palin was a four part BBC television series presented by British comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin, and broadcast in 2002. ... For other uses, see Sahara (disambiguation). ... DVD cover Himalaya with Michael Palin was a television series presented by comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin. ... Perspective view of the Himalaya and Mount Everest as seen from space looking south-south-east from over the Tibetan Plateau. ... Michael Palins New Europe is a travel documentary presented by Michael Palin and first aired in 2007. ... Eastern Europe is a concept that lacks one precise definition. ... Basil Pao is a Hong Kong-based photographer, who took the images appearing in all of Michael Palin’s recent books. ...


All seven of these books were also made available as audio books, and all of them are read by Palin himself. Around the World in 80 Days and Hemingway Adventure are unabridged, while the other four books were made in both abridged and unabridged versions, although the unabridged versions can be very difficult to find.


For four of the trips a photography book was made by Pao, each with an introduction written by Palin. These are large coffee-table style books with pictures printed on glossy paper. The majority of the pictures are of various people encountered on the trip, as informal portraits or showing them engaged in some interesting activity. Some of the landscape photos are displayed as two-page spreads.


In 2005, Palin presented Michael Palin and the Mystery of Hammershoi, about the Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi. The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practicing the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ... Interior with a Girl at the Clavier. ...


Palin's travel programmes are responsible for a phenomenon termed the "Palin effect": areas of the world that he has visited suddenly become popular tourist attractions — for example, the significant increase in the number of tourists interested in Peru after Palin visited Machu Picchu.[18] In a 2006 survey of "15 of the world's top travel writers" by The Observer, Palin named Peru's Pongo de Mainique (canyon below the Machu Picchu) his "favourite place in the world".[19] Machu Picchu (Quechua: , Old mountain) is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level[1]. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Cusco. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Pongo de Mainique is a 50 yard wide, two mile long pongo (canyon), said to be the most dangerous whitewater pass on the Urubamba River; however, many boats traverse it, depending on seasonal river conditions. ...


Recognition

Class 153, no. 153335 'Michael Palin' at Cambridge.
Class 153, no. 153335 'Michael Palin' at Cambridge.

Each member of Monty Python has an asteroid named after him. Palin's is Asteroid 9621 Michaelpalin.[20] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 679 KB)BR Class 153, no. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 679 KB)BR Class 153, no. ... This article is about the city in England. ... For other uses, see Asteroid (disambiguation). ... 9621 Michaelpalin is an asteroid in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. ...


In honour of his achievements as a traveller (especially rail travel), Palin has two British trains named after him. In 2002, Virgin Trains' new £5m high speed Super Voyager train number 221130 was named "Michael Palin" - it carries his name externally and a plaque is located adjacent to the onboard shop with information on Palin and his many journeys.[21] Also, National Express East Anglia have named a British Rail Class 153 (unit number 153335) after him. In 2008, he received the James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society in Dublin. Virgin Trains Class 221 Super Voyager 221137 Mayflower Pilgrims at Camborne Station, Cornwall operating route VT1651, preparing to depart for Penzance. ... One Railway (or simply One) is the brand name of London Eastern Railway Ltd, a British company which operates local, suburban and express services from London Liverpool Street in the City of London to East and North London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, otherwise known as the Greater Anglia... Class 153, no. ...   The Literary and Historical Society (L&H) is University College Dublins oldest debating society and the official College Debating Union. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ...


Bibliography

Travel books

  • Around the World in 80 Days (1989) ISBN 0-563-20826-0
  • Pole to Pole (1992) ISBN 0-563-37065-3
  • Full Circle (1997) ISBN 0-563-37121-8
  • Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure (1999) ISBN 0-297-82528-3
  • Sahara (2002) ISBN 0-297-84303-6
  • Himalaya (2004) ISBN 0-297-84371-0
  • New Europe (2007) ISBN 0-297-84449-0

All his travel books can be read at no charge, complete and unabridged, on his website. Around the World in 80 Days is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC TV program Around the World in 80 Days. ... Pole to Pole with Michael Palin is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC TV program Pole to Pole with Michael Palin. ... Full Circle is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC TV program Full Circle with Michael Palin. ... Michael Palins Hemingway Adventure is a book and documentary narrated by Michael Palin. ... Himalaya is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC TV program Himalaya with Michael Palin. ...


Monty Python

  • The Pythons Autobiography by The Pythons (2003) ISBN 0-7528-5293-0
  • Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years (2006) ISBN 0-297-84436-9

Fiction

  • Hemingway's chair (1995) ISBN 0-7493-1930-5
  • Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls w/Terry Jones, illus Martin Honeysett, Frank Bellamy et al (1974) ISBN 0-413-32740-X
  • Dr Fegg's Encyclopeadia of all world knowledge (1984) (expanded reprint of the above, with Terry Jones and Martin Honeysett) ISBN 0-8722-6005-4

Bert Feggs Nasty Book For Boys And Girls is a humorous book first published by Methuen in 1974 which purports to have been written by a psychopathic character, Dr. Fegg. ... Martin Honeysett (born in 1943 in Hereford, England) is an cartoonist and illustrator. ... Frank Bellamy (born 21 May 1917, died 5 July 1976) was a British comics artist, best known for his work on the Dan Dare strip, on which he replaced Frank Hampson. ...

Children's books

  • Small Harry and the Toothache Pills (1982) ISBN 0-416-23690-1
  • Limerics or The Limerick Book (1985) ISBN 0-09-161540-2
  • Cyril and the House of Commons (1986) ISBN 1-85145-078-5
  • Cyril and the Dinner Party (1986) ISBN 1-85145-069-6
  • The Mirrorstone with Alan Lee and Richard Seymour (1986) ISBN 0-224-02408-6

Plays

  • The Weekend (1994) ISBN 0-413-68940-9

Selected filmography

And Now For Something Completely Different is a film spinoff from the television comedy series Monty Pythons Flying Circus featuring favourite sketches from the first two seasons. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. ... Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. ... Jabberwocky (1977) is a comic medieval film by Monty Pythons resident animator, Terry Gilliam. ... Monty Pythons Life of Brian is a 1979 comedy written and performed by the Monty Python comedy team. ... This article is about the 1981 motion picture. ... Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 film in which the Monty Python team perform many of their greatest sketches and skits in the Hollywood Bowl, including a couple of pre-Python ones. ... The Missionary is a 1982 British comedy directed by Richard Loncraine, produced by George Harrison, Denis OBrian, Michael Palin (also the films writer) and Neville C. Thompson. ... Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life is a musical film comedy made in 1983 by the Monty Python comedy team. ... A Private Function is a 1984 British comedy film starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. ... A Fish Called Wanda is a movie released in 1988 by MGM. It was written by John Cleese and directed by Charles Crichton. ... American Friends is a comic film, released in 1991, starring Michael Palin. ... The Wind in the Willows, released on video in the U.S. as Mr. ... Fierce Creatures is a 1997 comedy movie, John Cleese and companys follow-up to the widely popular A Fish Called Wanda. ...

Television

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Further reading

  • Ross, Robert (1997). Monty Python Encyclopedia B.T. Batsford Ltd, London ISBN 1-57500-036-9
  • Wilmut, Roger (1980). From Fringe to Flying Circus: Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960-1980 Eyre Methuen Ltd ISBN 0-413-50770-X

References

  1. ^ a b Film Nominations 1988. BAFTA. Retrieved on 2008-01-11.
  2. ^ The Comedian's Comedian, URL accessed 13 December 2006
  3. ^ "BBC News", Trio of Dames lead showbiz honours, 31 December 1999. Retrieved on 2006-08-15. 
  4. ^ Michael Palin Biography (1943-)
  5. ^ a b Ross, 200
  6. ^ Michael Palin biography
  7. ^ ABC TV Documentaries: Sahara episode 3/4. Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved on 2006-09-02.
  8. ^ Ross, 57
  9. ^ Warman, Anna. Travelling with Michael Palin. Retrieved on 2006-08-14.
  10. ^ Michael Palin by John Oliver at BFI Screen Online, URL accessed 13 December, 2006
  11. ^ Hodgkinson, Tom. In Conversation with Michael Palin date = 2006. The Idler. Retrieved on 2006-12-20.
  12. ^ Biography at Pythonet.org, URL accessed 17 December, 2006
  13. ^ A Series Of Bird's. bbc.co.uk Guide to Comedy. Retrieved on 2006-09-16.
  14. ^ Ross, 91
  15. ^ The Pythons Autobiography By The Pythons; Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Chapman, David Sherlock, Bob McCabe; Thomas Dunne Books; 2003
  16. ^ Campaign for Better Transport website
  17. ^ American Friends at Rotten Tomatoes.com, URL accessed 13 December 2006
  18. ^ Webster, Ben. "Globetrotter Palin brought down to earth by eco-lobby", The Times, 2005-01-14. Retrieved on 2006-08-14. 
  19. ^ Wilkinson, Carl (2006-01-08). "My favourite place in the world". The Observer. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.
  20. ^ JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved on 2006-10-17.
  21. ^ Virgin Trains, URL accessed 13 December, 2006

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Awards
Preceded by
Daniel Auteuil
for Jean de Florette
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1989
for A Fish Called Wanda
Succeeded by
Ray McAnally
for My Left Foot
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NAME Palin, Michael Edward
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Palin, Michael
SHORT DESCRIPTION English comedian, television presenter
DATE OF BIRTH 5 May 1943
PLACE OF BIRTH Broomhill, Sheffield, England
DATE OF DEATH
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