The Info List - Michael Palin

Michael Edward Palin CBE FRGS (pronounced /ˈpeɪlɪn/; born 5 May 1943)[1] is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was a member of the comedy group Monty Python
Monty Python
and later made a number of travel documentaries. Palin wrote most of his comedic material with fellow Python member Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had worked on other shows such as the Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
Show, The Frost Report, and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including "Argument Clinic", "Dead Parrot sketch", "The Lumberjack
Song", "The Spanish Inquisition", "Bicycle Repair Man" and "The Fish-Slapping Dance". Palin continued to work with Jones after Python, co-writing Ripping Yarns. He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda (1988), for which he won the BAFTA Award
for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[2] In a 2005 poll to find The Comedians' Comedian, he was voted the 30th favourite by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.[3] After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer and travel documentarian. His journeys have taken him across the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara
Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. In 2000 Palin was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(CBE) for his services to television.[4] From 2009 to 2012 Palin was the president of the Royal Geographical Society.[5] On 12 May 2013, Palin was made a BAFTA
fellow, the highest honour that is conferred by the organisation.[6]


1 Early life 2 Early career

2.1 Monty Python

3 Other work

3.1 Activism

4 Television documentaries

4.1 Travel 4.2 Art and history

5 Awards and honours 6 Bibliography

6.1 Travel books 6.2 Autobiography (contributor) 6.3 Diaries 6.4 Fiction 6.5 Children's books 6.6 Plays

7 Selected filmography 8 Television 9 Radio 10 Awards

10.1 BAFTA
Awards 10.2 Other awards

11 References 12 Further reading 13 External links

Early life[edit] Palin was born in Ranmoor, Sheffield,[7] the second child and only son of Edward Moreton Palin (1900-1977).[8][9] and Mary Rachel Lockhart, née Ovey (1903-1990). His father was a Shrewsbury School
Shrewsbury School
and Cambridge
University-educated engineer working for a steel firm.[10] His maternal grandfather, Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Lockhart Ovey, DSO, was High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1927.[11] He started his education at Birkdale Preparatory School, Sheffield, and later Shrewsbury School. His sister Angela was nine years older than he was. Despite the age gap the two had a close relationship until her suicide in 1987.[10][12] He has ancestral roots in Letterkenny, County Donegal.[13] When he was five years old, Palin had his first acting experience at Birkdale playing Martha Cratchit in a school performance of A Christmas Carol. At the age of 10, Palin, still interested in acting, made a comedy monologue and read a Shakespeare
play to his mother while playing all the parts.[14] After his school days in 1962 he went on to read modern history at Brasenose College, Oxford.[1] With fellow student Robert Hewison
Robert Hewison
he performed and wrote, for the first time, comedy material at a university Christmas party.[15] Terry Jones, also a student in Oxford, saw that performance and began writing together with Hewison and Palin.[14] In the same year Palin joined the Brightside and Carbrook Co-operative Society Players and first gained fame when he won an acting award at a Co-op drama festival.[16] He also performed and wrote in the Oxford Revue (called the Et ceteras) with Jones.[17] In 1966 he married Helen Gibbins, whom he first had met in 1959 on holiday in Southwold
in Suffolk.[10] This meeting was later fictionalised in Palin's play East of Ipswich.[18] The couple have three children (Thomas (b. 1969), William (b. 1971) and Rachel (b. 1975) and two grandchildren. Rachel is a BBC
TV director, whose work includes MasterChef: The Professionals, shown on BBC2 throughout October and November 2010.[19][20] A photograph of William as a baby briefly appeared in Monty Python
Monty Python
and the Holy Grail as "Sir Not-appearing-in-this-film". His nephew is the theatre designer Jeremy Herbert.[21] Early career[edit] After finishing university in 1965 Palin became a presenter on a comedy pop show called Now! for the television contractor Television Wales and the West.[22] At the same time Palin was contacted by Jones, who had left university a year earlier, for assistance in writing a theatrical documentary about sex through the ages.[23] Although this project was eventually abandoned, it brought Palin and Jones together as a writing duo and led them to write comedy for various BBC programmes, such as The Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
Show, The Billy Cotton Bandshow, and The Illustrated Weekly Hudd.[24] They collaborated in writing lyrics for an album by Barry Booth called Diversions. They were also in the team of writers working for The Frost Report, whose other members included Frank Muir, Barry Cryer, Marty Feldman, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Dick Vosburgh and future Monty Python
Monty Python
members Graham Chapman, John Cleese
John Cleese
and Eric Idle. Although the members of Monty Python
Monty Python
had already encountered each other over the years, The Frost Report
The Frost Report
was the first time all the British members of Monty Python
Monty Python
(its sixth member, Terry Gilliam, was at that time an American citizen) worked together.[10] During the run of The Frost Report
The Frost Report
the Palin/Jones team contributed material to two shows starring John Bird: The Late Show and A series of Bird's. For A series of Bird's the Palin/Jones team had their first experience of writing narrative instead of the short sketches they were accustomed to conceiving.[25] Following The Frost Report
The Frost Report
the Palin/Jones team worked both as actors and writers on the show Twice a Fortnight with Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Jonathan Lynn, and the successful children's comedy show Do Not Adjust Your Set with Idle and David Jason. The show also featured musical numbers by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, including future Monty Python musical collaborator Neil Innes. The animations for Do Not Adjust Your Set were made by Terry Gilliam. Eager to work with Palin[26] sans Jones, Cleese later asked him to perform in How to Irritate People together with Chapman and Tim Brooke-Taylor. The Palin/Jones team were reunited for The Complete and Utter History of Britain. Monty Python[edit] Main article: Monty Python On the strength of their work on The Frost Report
The Frost Report
and other programmes, Cleese and Chapman had been offered a show by the BBC, but Cleese was reluctant to do a two-man show for various reasons, among them Chapman's reputedly difficult personality. During this period Cleese contacted Palin about doing the show that would ultimately become Monty Python's Flying Circus.[10] At the same time the success of Do Not Adjust Your Set
Do Not Adjust Your Set
had led Palin, Jones, Idle and Gilliam to be offered their own series and, while it was still in production, Palin agreed to Cleese's proposal and brought along Idle, Jones and Gilliam. Thus the formation of the Monty Python
Monty Python
troupe has been referred to as a result of Cleese's desire to work with Palin and the chance circumstances that brought the other four members into the fold.[11] In Monty Python, Palin played various roles, which ranged from manic enthusiasm (such as the lumberjack of the Lumberjack
Song, or Herbert Anchovy, host of the game show "Blackmail") to unflappable calmness (such as the Dead parrot vendor or Cheese Shop proprietor). As a straight man he was often a foil to the rising ire of characters portrayed by John Cleese. He also played timid, socially inept characters such as Arthur Putey, the man who sits quietly as a marriage counsellor (Eric Idle) makes love to his wife (Carol Cleveland), and Mr. Anchovy, a chartered accountant who wants to become a lion tamer. He also appeared as the "It's" man
"It's" man
at the beginning of most episodes. Palin frequently co-wrote sketches with Terry Jones
Terry Jones
and also initiated the " Spanish Inquisition
Spanish Inquisition
sketch", which included the catchphrase "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" He also composed songs with Jones including "The Lumberjack
Song", "Every Sperm is Sacred" and "Spam". His solo musical compositions included "Decomposing Composers" and "Finland".[27] Other work[edit]

Michael Palin, Nightingale House, November 2010

After the Monty Python
Monty Python
television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over three years from 1976. They had earlier collaborated on the play Secrets from the BBC
series Black and Blue in 1973. He starred as Dennis the Peasant in Terry Gilliam's 1977 film Jabberwocky. Palin also appeared in All You Need Is Cash
All You Need Is Cash
(1978) as Eric Manchester
(based on Derek Taylor), the press agent for the Rutles. In 1980, Palin co-wrote Time Bandits
Time Bandits
with Terry Gilliam. He also acted in the film. In 1982, Palin wrote and starred in The Missionary, co-starring Maggie Smith. In it, he plays the Reverend Charles Fortescue, who is recalled from Africa to aid prostitutes. He co-starred with Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
again in the 1984 comedy film A Private Function. In 1984, he reunited with Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
to appear in Brazil. He appeared in the comedy film A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award
for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[2] Cleese reunited the main cast almost a decade later to make Fierce Creatures. After filming for Fierce Creatures finished, Palin went on a travel journey for a BBC
documentary and, returning a year later, found that the end of Fierce Creatures
Fierce Creatures
had failed at test screenings and had to be reshot. Until "The Death of Stalin" in 2017, and with the exception of several made-for-TV films and voice work for animations, Palin's last film role was a small part in The Wind in the Willows, a film directed by and starring Terry Jones. Palin also appeared with John Cleese
John Cleese
in his documentary, The Human Face. Palin was cast in a supporting role in the Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
and Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
romantic comedy You've Got Mail, but his role was eventually cut entirely.[28] He also assisted Campaign for Better Transport and others with campaigns on sustainable transport, particularly those relating to urban areas, and has been president of the campaign since 1986.[29] Palin has also appeared in serious drama. In 1991 Palin worked as producer and actor in the film American Friends based upon a real event in the life of his great-grandfather, a fellow at St John's College, Oxford.[30][31] In that same year he also played the part of a headmaster in Alan Bleasdale's Channel 4
Channel 4
drama series GBH. Palin also had a small cameo role in Australian soap opera Home and Away. He played an English surfer with a fear of sharks, who interrupts a conversation between two main characters to ask whether there were any sharks in the sea. This was filmed while he was in Australia for the Full Circle series, with a segment about the filming of the role featuring in the series. In November 2005, he appeared in the John Peel's Record Box
John Peel's Record Box
documentary.[32] In 2013 Michael Palin
Michael Palin
appeared in a First World War
First World War
drama titled The Wipers Times written by Ian Hislop
Ian Hislop
and Nick Newman.[33] At the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, it was announced that Palin was set to star alongside Adam Driver
Adam Driver
in Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.[34] Palin, however, dropped out of the film after it ran into a financial problem.[35] Activism[edit] In July 2010, Palin sent a message of support for the Dongria Kondh tribe of India, who are resisting mining on their land by the company Vedanta Resources. Palin said, "I've been to the Nyamgiri Hills in Orissa and seen the forces of money and power that Vedanta Resources have arrayed against a people who have occupied their land for thousands of years, who husband the forest sustainably and make no great demands on the state or the government. The tribe I visited simply want to carry on living in the villages that they and their ancestors have always lived in".[36] On 2 January 2011, Palin became the first person to sign the UK-based Campaign for Better Transport's Fair Fares Now campaign. In July 2015, Palin signed an open letter and gave an interview to support "a strong BBC
at the centre of British life" at a time the government was reviewing the corporation's size and activities.[37] Television documentaries[edit] Travel[edit] Palin's first travel documentary was segment 4 of the 1980 BBC Television series Great Railway Journeys of the World, entitled Confessions of a Trainspotter. Throughout the hour long show, Palin humorously reminisces about his childhood hobby of train spotting, while he travels throughout the UK by train, from London to the Kyle of Lochalsh, via Manchester, York, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh and Inverness. He rides vintage train lines and trains including Flying Scotsman. At the Kyle of Lochalsh, Palin bought the station's long metal platform sign and is seen lugging it back to London with him. In 1994, Palin travelled through Ireland for the same series, entitled "Derry to Kerry". In a quest for family roots, he attempted to trace his great grandmother – Brita Gallagher – who set sail from Ireland 170 years ago during the Great Famine (1845–1849), bound for a new life in Burlington, New Jersey. The series is a trip along the Palin family line. Starting in 1989, Palin appeared as presenter in a series of travel programmes made for the BBC. It was after the veteran TV globetrotter Alan Whicker and journalist Miles Kington
Miles Kington
turned down presenting the first of these, Around the World in 80 Days, that gave Palin the opportunity to present his first and subsequent travel shows.[38] These programmes have been broadcast around the world in syndication, and were also sold on VHS tape and later on DVD:

Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days (Travel 1988; Programme release 1989): travelling as closely as possible the path described in the famous Jules Verne
Jules Verne
story without using aircraft. Pole to Pole
Pole to Pole
(Travel 1991; Programme release 1992): travelling from the North Pole
North Pole
to the South Pole, following as closely as possible the 30-degree line of longitude, over as much land as possible, i.e., through Europe and Africa. Full Circle with Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(Travel 1995/96; Programme release 1997): in which he circumnavigated the lands around the Pacific Ocean anti-clockwise; a journey of almost 50,000 miles (80,000 km) starting on Little Diomede
Little Diomede
Island in the Bering Strait
Bering Strait
and taking him through Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
(1999): retracing the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway
through the United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Sahara
with Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(Travel 2001/02; Programme release 2002): in which he trekked around and through the world's largest desert. Himalaya
with Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(Travel 2003/04; Programme release 2004): in which he travels through the Himalaya
region. Michael Palin's New Europe
Michael Palin's New Europe
(Travel 2006/07; Programme release 2007): in which he travels through Central and Eastern Europe. Brazil
with Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2012) in which he travels through Brazil.

Following each trip, Palin wrote a book about his travels, providing information and insights not included in the TV programme. Each book is illustrated with photographs by Basil Pao, the stills photographer who was on the team. (Exception: the first book, Around the World in 80 Days, contains some pictures by Pao but most are by other photographers.) All seven of these books were also made available as audio books, and all of them are read by Palin himself. Around the World in 80 Days and Hemingway Adventure are unabridged, while the other four books were made in both abridged and unabridged versions, although the unabridged versions can be very difficult to find.[citation needed] For four of the trips a photography book was made by Pao, each with an introduction written by Palin. These are large coffee-table style books with pictures printed on glossy paper. The majority of the pictures are of various people encountered on the trip, as informal portraits or showing them engaged in some interesting activity. Some of the landscape photos are displayed as two-page spreads. Palin's travel programmes are responsible for a phenomenon termed the "Palin effect": areas of the world that he has visited suddenly become popular tourist attractions – for example, the significant increase in the number of tourists interested in Peru
after Palin visited Machu Picchu.[39] In a 2006 survey of "15 of the world's top travel writers" by The Observer, Palin named Peru's Pongo de Mainique (canyon below the Machu Picchu) his "favourite place in the world".[40] Palin notes in his book of Around the World in 80 Days that the final leg of his journey could originally have taken him and his crew on one of the trains involved in the Clapham Junction rail crash, but they arrived ahead of schedule and caught an earlier train. Art and history[edit]

Palin in 2015

In recent years, Palin has written and presented occasional documentary programmes on artists that interest him. The first, on Scottish painter Anne Redpath, was Palin on Redpath in 1997. In The Bright Side of Life (2000), Palin continued on a Scottish theme, looking at the work of the Scottish Colourists. Two further programmes followed on European painters; Michael Palin
Michael Palin
and the Ladies Who Loved Matisse (2004) and Michael Palin
Michael Palin
and the Mystery of Hammershøi (2005), about the French artist Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse
and Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi
Vilhelm Hammershøi
respectively. The DVD Michael Palin
Michael Palin
on Art contains all these documentaries except for the Matisse programme. In November 2008, Palin presented a First World War
First World War
documentary about Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, when thousands of soldiers lost their lives in battle after the war had officially ended. Palin filmed on the battlefields of Northern France
Northern France
and Belgium
for the programme, called the Last Day of World War One, produced for the BBC's Timewatch series.[41] Awards and honours[edit]

Class 153, no. 153335 'Michael Palin' at Cambridge.

Palin was instrumental in setting up the Michael Palin
Michael Palin
Centre for Stammering Children in 1993.[42] Also in 1993, each member of Monty Python had an asteroid named after him. Palin's is Asteroid
9621 Michaelpalin.[43] In 2003, inside the Globe a commemorative stone was placed - Palin has his own stone, to mark donors to the theatre, but it is misspelt as "Michael Pallin". The story goes that John Cleese paid for the stone, and mischievously insisted on misspelling his name.[44] In honour of his achievements as a traveller, especially rail travel, Palin has two British trains named after him. In 2002, Virgin Trains' new £5 million high speed Super Voyager train number 221130 was named "Michael Palin" – it carries his name externally and a plaque is located adjacent to the onboard shop with information on Palin and his many journeys.[45] Also, National Express East Anglia named a British Rail Class 153
British Rail Class 153
(unit number 153335) after him. (He is also a model railway enthusiast.[46])

Legends plaque in Palin's home city of Sheffield, England

In 2008, he received the James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society in Dublin. In recognition of his services to the promotion of geography, Palin was awarded the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Royal Scottish Geographical Society
in March 2009, along with a Fellowship to the Society.[47] In June 2013, he was similarly honoured in Canada with a gold medal for achievements in geography by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.[48] In June 2009, Palin was elected for a three-year term as President of the Royal Geographical Society.[49] Because of his self-described "amenable, conciliatory character" Michael Palin
Michael Palin
has been referred to as unofficially "Britain's Nicest Man."[50] In September 2013, Moorlands School, Leeds named one of their school houses "Palin" after him.[51] The University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews
awarded Palin an honorary Doctor of Science degree during their June 2017 graduation ceremonies, with the degree recognising his contribution to the public's understanding of contemporary geography.[52] He joins his fellow Pythons John Cleese
John Cleese
and Terry Jones
Terry Jones
in receiving an honorary degree from the Fife institution.[53] Bibliography[edit] Travel books[edit]

Around the World in 80 Days (1989) ISBN 0-563-20826-0 Pole to Pole
Pole to Pole
(1992) ISBN 0-563-37065-3 Full Circle (1997) ISBN 0-563-37121-8 Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
(1999) ISBN 0-297-82528-3 Sahara
(2002) ISBN 0-297-84303-6 Himalaya
(2004) ISBN 0-297-84371-0 New Europe (2007) ISBN 0-297-84449-0 Brazil
(2012) ISBN 0-297-86626-5

All his travel books can also be read at no charge, complete and unabridged, on his website. Autobiography (contributor)[edit]

The Pythons Autobiography by The Pythons
The Pythons Autobiography by The Pythons
(2003) ISBN 0-7528-5293-0


Diaries 1969–1979: The Python Years. 2006. ISBN 0-297-84436-9 Diaries 1980–1988: Halfway to Hollywood – The Film Years. London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 2009. ISBN 978-0-297-84440-2 Diaries 1988–1998: Travelling to Work. London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 2014.


Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls
Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls
w/Terry Jones, illus Martin Honeysett, Frank Bellamy
Frank Bellamy
et al. (1974) ISBN 0-413-32740-X Dr Fegg's Encyclopaedia of all world knowledge (1984) (expanded reprint of the above, with Terry Jones
Terry Jones
and Martin Honeysett) ISBN 0-87226-005-4 Hemingway's Chair (1995) ISBN 0-7493-1930-5 The Truth (2012) ISBN 978-0297860211

Children's books[edit]

Small Harry and the Toothache Pills (1982) ISBN 0-416-23690-1 Limerics or The Limerick Book (1985) ISBN 0-09-161540-2 Cyril and the House of Commons (1986) ISBN 1-85145-078-5 Cyril and the Dinner Party (1986) ISBN 1-85145-069-6 The Mirrorstone with Alan Lee and Richard Seymour (1986) ISBN 0-224-02408-6


The Weekend (1994) ISBN 0-413-68940-9

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1971 And Now for Something Completely Different Various roles Also writer

1975 Monty Python
Monty Python
and the Holy Grail Various roles Also writer

1977 Jabberwocky Dennis Cooper

1978 All You Need Is Cash Eric Manchester/Lawyer

1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Various roles Also writer

1981 Time Bandits Vincent Also writer Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Writing

1982 Monty Python
Monty Python
Live at the Hollywood Bowl Various roles Also writer

1982 The Missionary The Reverend Charles Fortescue Also writer/producer

1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Various roles Also writer

1983 The Crimson Permanent Assurance Workman Short film

1984 A Private Function Gilbert Chilvers

1985 Brazil Jack Lint

1988 A Fish Called Wanda Ken Pile BAFTA Award
for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1991 American Friends Reverend Francis Ashby Also writer

1996 The Wind in the Willows The Sun

1997 Fierce Creatures Adrian 'Bugsy' Malone

2010 Not the Messiah Mrs Betty Palin/Pontius Pilate/Bevis

2011 Arthur Christmas Ernie Clicker Voice only

2012 A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman Various roles Voice only

2014 Monty Python
Monty Python
Live Various roles Also writer

2015 Absolutely Anything Kindly Alien Voice only

2017 The Death of Stalin Vyacheslav Molotov


Now! (October 1965 – middle 1966) The Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
Show Billy Cotton Bandshow The Illustrated Weekly Hudd The Frost Report. (10 March 1966 – 29 June 1967) The Late Show (15 October 1966 – 1 April 1967) A Series of Bird's (1967) (3 October 1967 – 21 November 1967 screenwriter (guest stars) Twice a Fortnight (21 October 1967 – 23 December 1967) Do Not Adjust Your Set
Do Not Adjust Your Set
(26 December 1967 – 14 May 1969) Broaden Your Mind (1968) How to Irritate People
How to Irritate People
(1968) Marty (1968) The Complete and Utter History of Britain
The Complete and Utter History of Britain
(1969) Monty Python's Flying Circus
Monty Python's Flying Circus
(5 October 1969 – 5 December 1974) Three Men in a Boat (1975) Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
(Hosted 8 April 1978 with Musical Guest Eugene Record, 27 January 1979 with The Doobie Brothers, 12 May 1979 with James Taylor
James Taylor
and 21 January 1984 with Mary Palin, his mother) Ripping Yarns
Ripping Yarns
(1976–1979) Great Railway Journeys of the World, episode title "Confessions of a Trainspotter" (1980) East of Ipswich
East of Ipswich
(1987) writer Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days (1989) GBH (1991) Pole to Pole
Pole to Pole
(1992) Great Railway Journeys, episode title "Derry to Kerry" (1994) The Wind in the Willows (1995) The Willows in Winter (1996) Full Circle with Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(1997) Palin on Redpath (1997) Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
(1999) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
On... The Colourists (2000) Sahara
with Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2002) Life on Air (2002) Himalaya
with Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2004) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
and the Ladies Who Loved Matisse (2004) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
and the Mystery of Hammershøi (2005) Michael Palin's New Europe
Michael Palin's New Europe
(2007) Robbie the Reindeer – Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007 – Gariiiiiii/Gary) Around the World in 20 Years (30 December 2008) Brazil
with Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2012) The Wipers Times
The Wipers Times
(2013) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
in Wyeth's World (2013) Remember Me (2014) Clangers (2015 – narrator)[54] Michael Palin's Quest for Artemisia (2015)


The Weekend (2017, adapted from his 1994 stage play) John Finnemore's Double Acts - "The Wroxton Box" (Series 2, Episode 6; 2017)

Awards[edit] BAFTA

1984 Nominated – BAFTA Award
for "Best Original Song" (the award was discontinued after the 1985 ceremonies) for Every Sperm is Sacred from The Meaning of Life (shared with André Jacquemin, Dave Howman and Terry Jones) 1989 Won – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
for A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda
(as Ken Pile)[55] 1992 Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for GBH 2005 Won – BAFTA
Award 2009 Won – BAFTA
Award as part of the Monty Python
Monty Python
team for outstanding contribution to film and television[56] 2013 Won – BAFTA
Academy Fellowship Award[57][58]

Other awards[edit]

2011 Was awarded the Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Legend award for "significant contributions made to the world of comedy".[59]


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Further reading[edit]

Jones, Mark (2010), The Famous Charisma Discography The Record Press/Bristol Folk Publications ISBN 978-0-9563531-1-5 – discography of Monty Python's record label, includes foreword by Michael Palin Novick, Jeremy (2001), Life of Michael: an Illustrated Biography of Michael Palin
Michael Palin
Headline Publishing (a division of Hodder Headline) ISBN 0-7472-3529-5 Ross, Robert (1997). Monty Python
Monty Python
Encyclopedia B.T. Batsford Ltd, London ISBN 1-57500-036-9 Wilmut, Roger (1980). From Fringe to Flying Circus: Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960–1980 Eyre Methuen Ltd ISBN 0-413-50770-X

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Arthur Lowe
(1973) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1974) Fred Astaire
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(1975) Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif
(1976) Edward Fox (1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1981) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1982) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1983) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1984) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1985) Ray McAnally (1986) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1987) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(1988) Ray McAnally (1989) Salvatore Cascio (1990) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1993) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(1994) Tim Roth
Tim Roth
(1995) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1996) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(1997) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1998) Jude Law
Jude Law
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(2002) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Dev Patel
Dev Patel
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell

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Fellowship recipients


Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1971) Freddie Young (1972) Grace Wyndham Goldie (1973) David Lean
David Lean
(1974) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1975) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1976) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Denis Forman (1977) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1978) Lew Grade
Lew Grade
(1979) Huw Wheldon
Huw Wheldon
(1979) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1980) John Huston
John Huston
(1980) Abel Gance
Abel Gance
(1981) Michael Powell
Michael Powell
& Emeric Pressburger
Emeric Pressburger
(1981) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1983) Hugh Greene (1984) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1984) Jeremy Isaacs (1985) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1987) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1988) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1989) Paul Fox (1990) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1991) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1992) David Plowright (1992) Sydney Samuelson (1993) Colin Young (1993) Michael Grade
Michael Grade
(1994) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1995) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1996) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(1996) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1996) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1996) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1997) Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
(1997) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Oswald Morris (1997) Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
(1997) David Rose (1997) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1998) Bill Cotton
Bill Cotton
(1998) Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
& Ernie Wise
Ernie Wise
(1999) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1999) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2000) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(2000) Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette


Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2001) John Thaw
John Thaw
(2001) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2002) Merchant Ivory Productions (2002) Andrew Davies (2002) John Mills
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(2002) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(2003) David Jason (2003) John Boorman
John Boorman
(2004) Roger Graef (2004) John Barry (2005) David Frost
David Frost
(2005) David Puttnam
David Puttnam
(2006) Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(2006) Anne V. Coates (2007) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Will Wright (2007) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2008) Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
(2008) Dawn French
Dawn French
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Jennifer Saunders
(2009) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(2009) Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell
(2009) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2010) Shigeru Miyamoto
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(2010) Melvyn Bragg
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(2010) Christopher Lee
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(2011) Peter Molyneux
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Graham Chapman John Cleese Terry Gilliam Eric Idle Terry Jones Michael Palin

Carol Cleveland Neil Innes

Television series

Flying Circus


Fliegender Zirkus Personal Best


And Now for Something Completely Different Holy Grail Life of Brian Live at the Hollywood Bowl The Meaning of Life

The Crimson Permanent Assurance

Studio albums

Another Record Previous Record Matching Tie and Handkerchief Holy Grail Life of Brian Contractual Obligation The Meaning of Life

Compilation albums

Instant Record Collection Final Rip Off Sings Ultimate Rip Off Instant CD Collection Total Rubbish

Live albums

Flying Circus Live at Drury Lane Live at City Center


Parrot Sketch Not Included Live at Aspen Python Night


The Pythons Life of Python Almost the Truth (Lawyers Cut) And Now for Something Rather Similar The Meaning of Live

Stage productions

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Big Red Book Brand New Bok Holy Grail (Book) Life of Brian/SCRAPBOOK The Meaning of Life Just the Words Song Book A Pocketful of Python The Pythons Autobiography Live!

Video games

Flying Circus Complete Waste of Time Quest for the Holy Grail The Meaning of Life Cow Tossing


Mr Praline Gumbys The Colonel Mr Creosote Rabbit of Caerbannog Ron Obvious Other characters


Albatross! Anne Elk's Theory on Brontosauruses Architects Argument Clinic Bishop Bruces Cheese Shop Colin "Bomber" Harris vs Colin "Bomber" Harris Crunchy Frog Dead Parrot Dirty Fork Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook Election Night Special Fish Licence Fish-Slapping Dance Four Yorkshiremen The Funniest Joke in the World How Not to Be Seen Kilimanjaro Expedition Lifeboat Marriage Guidance Counsellor Ministry of Silly Walks Mouse Problem Nudge Nudge Patient Abuse Philosophers' Football Match Piranha Brothers Sam Peckinpah's "Salad Days" Seduced Milkmen Self Defence Against Fresh Fruit Spam Spanish Inquisition Undertakers Upper Class Twit of the Year Vocational Guidance Counsellor World Forum/Communist Quiz


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19th century

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20th century

George Taubman Goldie Leonard Darwin George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston Douglas Freshfield Thomas Holdich Francis Younghusband Lawrence Dundas, Earl of Ronaldshay David George Hogarth Charles Close William Goodenough Percy Zachariah Cox Henry Balfour Philip Chetwode, 1st Baron Chetwode George Clark Francis Rodd, 2nd Baron Rennell Harry Lindsay James Wordie James Marshall-Cornwall Roger Nathan, 2nd Baron Nathan Raymond Priestley Dudley Stamp Gilbert Laithwaite Edmund Irving Edward Shackleton, Baron Shackleton Duncan Cumming John Hunt, Baron Hunt Michael Wise Vivian Fuchs George Bishop Roger Chorley, 2nd Baron Chorley Crispin Tickell George Jellicoe, 2nd Earl Jellicoe John Palmer, 4th Earl of Selborne

21st century

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Longford Lecturers (2002–present)

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