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Michael Palin and Michael Vaughan join us for Breakfast

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 12 October 2012

Round-the-world traveller, Michael Palin, makes a stop at our studio for a continental breakfast to tell us about his latest expedition...

The journeying journalist has just come back from Brazil, and is about to release a book and a TV series about his tip top trip, imaginatively entitled 'Brazil', consisting of four episodes to be broadcast this autumn on BBC1.

Before his worldwide wanderings, Michael was best known as the comedian, actor and writer in Monty Python, appearing in some of the most famous Python sketches including "Argument Clinic," "Dead Parrot," "The Lumberjack Song," "The Spanish Inquisition," and "The Fish-Slapping Dance".

Since those days, Michael's meanderings have taken him around the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas and Eastern Europe, and in 2000 Palin was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to television.

So we're honoured to be graced by the presence of one of this country's true TV greats before he jets off on another big adventure!

Music Played

25 items
  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash London Calling

    Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists, Polydor

  • Image for Pnau

    Pnau Solid Ground (Too Much Worth Living For)

    Soft Universe, ETCETC Music, 1

  • Image for Bill Haley & His Comets

    Bill Haley & His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Joe Jackson

    Joe Jackson Is She Really Going Out With Him?

    Stepping Out - Very Best Of Joe Jacks, A&M

  • Image for The Who

    The Who Baba O'Riley

    The Who - Who's Better, Who's Best, Polydor

  • Image for Pilot

    Pilot Magic

    25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll Vol.2 (1974), Connoisseur Collection

  • Image for Josh Osho

    Josh Osho Giants

    Life, Island

  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Tempted

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Gnarls Barkley

    Gnarls Barkley Crazy

    (CD Single), Warner Bros

  • Image for Martha Reeves

    Martha Reeves and The Vandellas Jimmy Mack

    Leaders Of The Pack (Various Artists, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Our House (Live In Concert)

  • Image for Lemar

    Lemar The First Time

    Invincible, EMI, 1

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Viva La Vida

    Viva La Vida Or Death & All His Friends, Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden What Does It Take?

    (CD Single), 157 Records, 1

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Candy

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Fats Domino

    Fats Domino Blueberry Hill

    The Best Of Fats Domino, Liberty

  • Image for Chris Farlowe

    Chris Farlowe Out Of Time

    99p Guarantees You 73 Minutes 22 Seconds Of Great Music!!! (Various Artists), See For Miles, 2

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Maggie May

    The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros

  • Image for The Human League

    The Human League Don't You Want Me

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Because I Know That I Can

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1

  • Image for Steve Earle

    Steve Earle Guitar Town

    The No.1 Country Album (Various), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Oasis

    Oasis Little By Little

    (CD Single), Big Brother Records

  • Image for Train & Ashley Monroe

    Train & Ashley Monroe Bruises

    California 37, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Depeche Mode

    Depeche Mode People Are People

    Depeche Mode - The Singles 1981-1985, Mute Records

  • Pause for Thought

    With Rev Ruth Scott, an Anglican vicar in Richmond.

    Like Michael Palin, I love travelling, even when the unexpected happens. I’ve been chased by wild dogs in the Greek mountains, gone for days without washing in the desert, eaten fish crawling with ants in Africa, cycled through Rome with a maniac guide taking us the wrong way up one-way streets and carving up the traffic, pushed a badly concussed friend on the back of bike for some miles before we could reach the ambulance waiting at the edge of the wilderness, and been challenged by extraordinary lives lived in extreme circumstances. That’s the nature of travelling. It takes us beyond home territory. What we believe to be true may suddenly prove inadequate in an unfamiliar context. While it’s understandable that we’re drawn to the company of people and places that reflect our perspective, it’s only when we step outside our comfort zone that we have the chance to see if our ‘truths’ still hold true, or whether they’re simply the result of limited knowledge and experience, and need to be relinquished or reworked. Some of my most important teachers have been strangers of different creeds and cultures whose questions have highlighted the inadequacy of what I thought were my watertight answers. While I love this opening up of understanding, it can also be profoundly uncomfortable, not only because it challenges my sense of security, but also because I no longer feel entirely ‘at home’ with the people whose perspective I previously shared. I think that’s why Jesus, for one, described himself as homeless, not because he physically lacked a home, but because psychologically at the very least, the search for truth keeps us always on the road, stepping into the unknown and rising to the challenge of new discoveries.


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