President of the Royal Geographical Society and one sixth of the legendary comedy group, Monty Python, funny man Michael Palin is one of the most influential documentarians around. Having journeyed across the world, his travel programmes are widely recognised as phenomenons creating the 'Palin effect', as many areas he visits suddenly become popular tourist destinations.
Here are my top 10 travel documentaries with Palin
He has visited some of the world's most beautiful and most intriguing places. What I love about Palin is his curiosity when it comes to experiencing other cultures and his desire to learn more about the place he's in, from the people he meets, on his travels. He also has a great flair for travel writing and an informative yet completely entertaining nature in which he presents his extraordinary adventures to the viewers at home.
- Sahara with Palin - 2002
- Michael Palin: Around the world in 80 days - 1989
- Full Circle with Palin - 1997
|One of my favourite stills taken from the number one on my list, showing a sunset on the way north through Algeria|
Photo by Basil Pao
Palin's time as a Python