Michael Palin

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‘The godfather of alternative comedy’: Eddie Izzard, Paul Merton and more on Spike Milligan
He was the shellshocked genius who channelled his anarchic brilliance into The Goon Show. Ian Hislop and Nick Newman explain why they’ve written a play about Spike Milligan – while comedians remember a legend

Brian Logan

27, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Tantrum of the opera: how Michael Palin’s angry dad inspired new show
The Monty Python star has reinvented his play The Weekend as musical theatre

Vanessa Thorpe

19, Sep, 2021 @8:45 AM

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Morecambe and Wise found Monty Python ‘boring’ and ‘irritating’
Comedy duo’s damning verdict revealed in newly discovered footage from Norfolk student TV station

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

27, Aug, 2021 @12:48 PM

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Michael Palin’s Himalaya: Journey of a Lifetime review – a fitting swansong
The highlights of a 16-year-old six-part series condensed into one 90-minute jaunt made for a restorative dose of Palin – except for the unnerving intimations of mortality

Lucy Mangan

20, Dec, 2020 @9:30 PM

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Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime review – memories of pre-pandemic journeys past
Palin’s reminiscences were a sweet affair, but what a shame he was unable to revisit the people and places he came across more than 30 years ago

Stuart Jeffries

04, Oct, 2020 @8:00 PM

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TV tonight: Michael Palin's 30 years of travelogue adventures
The broadcaster looks back on his globe-trotting career, starting with a trip around the world in 80 days. Plus: Oli and his 25 siblings. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Hannah J Davies, Ellen E Jones, Phil Harrison and Paul Howlett

04, Oct, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Around the world in seven journeys: Michael Palin on his favourite trips
As the BBC shows a retrospective of the Monty Python star’s long-running ambitious travel shows, he gives us the rundown on his adventures

Scott Bryan

02, Oct, 2020 @10:02 AM

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'Gloriously daft': Steve Martin at 75 by Sarah Silverman, Lucy Porter, David Baddiel and more
He’s a master of slapstick, a surrealist clown, the don of comic film roles from Roxanne to The Jerk. As he turns 75, comics including Reginald D Hunter and Rose Matafeo pay tribute to the hilarious majesty of Steve Martin

Paul Fleckney

11, Aug, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Elderly must not be left out of lockdown easing, says Michael Palin
Actor joins former ageism tsar Ros Altmann in opposing idea of restrictions applied only to over-70s

Nazia Parveen

03, May, 2020 @4:47 PM

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Stars including Paul McCartney and Emilia Clarke to share stories of NHS care in new book
Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You has been assembled from some of the best-known voices in the UK in a week and will be published in July

Alison Flood

17, Apr, 2020 @11:06 AM

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British Book awards balance art and selling power to decide best writer in 30 years
Novelists rub shoulders with presidents, chefs, comedians and thriller megastars on longlist to define the title with the biggest impact on the book world

Alison Flood

14, Feb, 2020 @6:01 AM

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Eddie Izzard on Terry Jones: he was the guardian of the Monty Python spirit
Jones was uninhibited, energetic, kind, curious – and a great person to spend time with, says the comedian

Eddie Izzard as told to Chris Wiegand

22, Jan, 2020 @3:46 PM

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