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Michael Palin: A Life in Pictures

21 December 2011
Michael Palin: A Life in PicturesBAFTA / Johnny Birch

The British actor and writer and original Monty Python member talked about his career in film and television.

The veteran performer, writer and broadcaster has over 30 years experience on our screens, rising to popularity with Monty Python in the early 70s and with films like A Fish Called Wanda and TV series including Sahara and Himalaya to his name.

Good comedians look beyond the surface; they don’t take things at face value. They see what an absurd place we’re in.

Palin talks to film critic Mark Kermode. Highlights include Palin recalling the challenges of turning the Python sketches into a big screen venture for The Holy Grail and his shock at beating Robert De Niro to the part of Jack Lint in Terry Gilliam’s dystopian fantasy Brazil.