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Now hailed as a national treasure for travelogues like "Around the World in 80 Days", however far he may journey Michael Palin will never escape his reputation as a brilliant writer/performer and the Python you could take home to meet the family.
It was while studying at Oxford that Palin met Terry Jones and the pair formed a long-lasting writing partnership.
After university they wrote for performers including Ken Dodd and Roy Hudd. While on the Frost Report the pair began writing regularly with their future fellow Pythons.
Work on children's series Do Not Adjust Your Set followed as did Palin and Jones's own The Complete and Utter History of Britain.
It was a short hop to the legendary Monty Python's Flying Circus and then Ripping Yarns.
When that series finished Palin went on to concentrate on film work, before acquiring his present role as a much-loved globe-trotter.
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