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Michael Palin

Michael Palin tells the story behind his success. Including interviews from John Cleese, David Jason, Connie Booth, Armando Iannucci and Clem Vallance.

In this documentary, Michael Palin tells the story behind his success, after being honoured with a special award at the Baftas in 2013. With an outstanding career in television and film, this special delves into the archives to showcase some of Michael's incredible work, featuring an in-depth interview with the man himself.

From his early days with writing partner Terry Jones to changing the face of British comedy with Monty Python, Michael has gone from strength to strength. His career encompasses award-winning drama such as Alan Bleasdale's GBH, the hugely successful feature film A Fish Called Wanda and critically acclaimed travelogues, which attracted unprecedented TV audiences.

Including interviews from people who helped shape Michael's glittering career, such as John Cleese, David Jason, Connie Booth, Armando Iannucci and Clem Vallance (producer of travelogues).

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 1 Nov 2020 20:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Thea Gilmore

    Beautiful Day

  • 00:04

    Cab Calloway

    Run Little Rabbit

  • 00:05

    Antonín Dvořák

    New World Symphony

  • 00:06

    Chuck Berry


  • 00:09

    The Hollies

    Here I Go Again

  • 00:09

    Tom Jones

    It's Not Unusual

  • 00:10

    Dobie Gray

    The In Crowd

  • 00:11

    Tom Jones

    It's Not Unusual

  • 00:13

    Small Faces

    Itchycoo Park

  • 00:17

    Tv Hits

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

  • 00:29

    Sonia Jones

    Brian Song

  • 00:32

    George Gershwin

    Rhapsody In Blue

  • 00:47

    Willie Nelson

    On The Road Again

  • 00:59

    Ed Sheeran

    Castle On The Hill


Role Contributor
Participant Michael Palin
Interviewed Guest Robert Hewison
Interviewed Guest Roger Mills
Interviewed Guest David Jason
Interviewed Guest John Cleese
Interviewed Guest Basil Pao
Interviewed Guest Connie Booth
Interviewed Guest Angela Elbourne
Interviewed Guest Clem Vallance
Interviewed Guest Armando Iannucci
Series Producer Samantha Peters
Executive Producer Clare Brown
Executive Producer Katherine Allen
Executive Producer Kate Phillips
Executive Producer Pinki Chambers
Production Company Whizz Kid Entertainment
Off-line editing Peter Elphick
Producer Louise Meager
Graphic Designer Keith Haynes
Sound Stuart Hall
On-line editing Ben Salkeld
Re-recording mixer Jules Woods
Production Company Spin Cycle TV
Production Company Asia Pacific Vision


  • Sun 7 Jan 2018 21:00
  • Thu 11 Jan 2018 23:15
  • Thu 25 Jan 2018 01:15
  • Sun 6 May 2018 01:40
  • Sun 1 Nov 2020 20:00