Michael Palin: age of Into Iraq presenter, and different work


Actor, comic and author Michael Palin has a profession in tv stretching again to the Nineteen Sixties

Michael Palin fronted his newest Channel 5 journey present, Into Iraq, which is airing now and follows his 1000 miles journey alongside the River Tigris by the historic nation. The three-part documentary follows Palin’s earlier forays to far-flung locations which embrace the Himalayan mountain vary, the North and South Pole, and North Korea.

However what else has Michael Palin been in, how outdated is he, who’s his spouse, and what books has he written? Right here is the whole lot you might want to know:

Michael Palin on the Baftas in 2019

Who’s Michael Palin?

Michael Palin is a 79 yr outdated comic from Sheffield who has appeared in quite a few TV reveals, movies and documentaries over his lengthy profession. Palin studied trendy historical past at Brasenose School, Oxford, the place he met Terry Jones who he would go on to work alongside for years.

When working as a author on the satirical sequence The Frost Report, Palin met Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle – they, and Terry Jones, would go on to work collectively because the comedy troupe Monty Python. Palin has campaigned for sustainable transport, and in 2010 he despatched a letter of help to the Dongria Kondh tribe in India who had been resisting mining on their land.

Palin has acquired a number of awards over his profession and was appointed a CBE in 2000, and acquired a knighthood in 2019 for companies to journey, tradition and geography. In 2019 Palin needed to bear coronary heart surgical procedure after a routine checkup revealed that he had a leaky valve.

Palin later joked that when Channel 5 first advised he shoot a journey documentary in Iraq he needed to feign coronary heart surgical procedure to get out of it.

What has Michael Palin been in?

Palin is greatest identified for being a member of Monty Python, a comedy troupe that has had a long-lasting affect on British comedy. The group of Pythons had been made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

The group labored collectively on the sketch comedy sequence Monty Python’s Flying Circus which aired from 1969-1974, in addition to the movies Holy Grail, Lifetime of Brian, That means of Life. Monty Python reunited a number of instances over the many years, the final time was in 2014, 25 years after Graham Chapman’s dying.

Palin has featured in plenty of non-Python movies together with darkish comedy Demise of Stalin, animated festive movie Arthur Christmas, crime caper A Fish Referred to as Wanda, and sci-fi film Brazil. He has additionally fronted plenty of journey reveals together with Across the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Journey, Sahara, Himalaya, New Europe, and Brazil.

Michael Palin (left) with the opposite Pythons in 1982

Who’s Michael Palin’s spouse?

Michael Palin married Helen Gibbins, a bereavement counsellor, in 1966 – the pair first met on vacation in Suffolk in 1959. Little or no is understood about Helen, as Palin retains his private life very personal.

The couple have three kids collectively – Thomas, William, and Rachel, and 4 grandchildren. Michael’s daughter Rachel is a TV director for the BBC and has labored on MasterChef: The Professionals and Altering Rooms.

What books has Michael Palin written?

Palin has written 10 journey books which tie into his documentary reveals – these are:

  • Across the World in 80 Days
  • Pole to Pole
  • Full Circle
  • Michael Palin’s Hemingway Journey
  • Sahara
  • Himalaya
  • New Europe
  • Brazil
  • North Korea Journal
  • Into Iraq

He has additionally written a number of kids’s books:

  • Small Harry and the Toothache Drugs
  • The Limerick E-book 
  • Cyril and the Home of Commons 
  • Cyril and the Dinner Occasion
  • The Mirrorstone (with Alan Lee and Richard Seymour)

When is Michael Palin: Into Iraq on TV?

The primary episode of Michael Palin: Into Iraq will air on Tuesday 20 September on Channel 5 at 9pm. There are three hour-long episodes within the sequence and they are going to be launched on the similar time weekly. Episodes may even be obtainable to look at on My5 shortly after they’re first broadcast.



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