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Michael Palin

Michael Palin takes Stig through an archive which charts a career of comedy rule-breaking, globetrotting and serious acting.

Michael Palin has just donated his archive to the British Library, and Stig joins him there to look through fifty year's worth of notes, letters, scripts and diaries - including an unpublished novel and drafts of some of the most famous comedy sketches broadcast on television.

Palin explains how a childhood telling stories in Sheffield, drove him to become one-sixth of Monty Python and an intrepid presenter of travel documentaries - renowned for both his writing and performing.

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Michael Palin

Michael  Palin

The exhibition Michael Palin: Writer, Actor, Comedian is on display at the British Library until 25 November 2018

Michael Palin has donated his archive to the British Library, which is available to view on order at the British Library Reading Rooms.


Main image above: Michael Palin (Left) with Stig Abell in the British Library Reading Rooms

Image to the left: Michael Palin in 1977 as Tompkinson in Tompkinson's Schooldays, taken from the BBC TV series Ripping Yarns  


Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Michael Palin
Producer Kate Bullivant




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