The Iron Curtain has been lifted, the Cold War is over, and there are many new countries worthy of exploration by Monty Python's Flying Circus alum, Michael Palin. Journey with Palin as he travels to Estonia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungry, East Germany, Ukraine, and others, 20 countries in all, before he returns home to Britain. Though Palin visits some large cities on his tour of "New Europe," he doesn't spend much time in the tourist traps, opting to meet the locals instead. He never quit knows what they have in store for him, but he's a good sport and is up for whatever they have planned. This 3-disc set from BBC includes all 7 episodes of the show, a 2-part interview with Michael Palin, and over 2 hours of deleted scenes. Gord LaceyBuy Michael Palin's New Europe on Amazon.com.
Before 1988, ex-Monty Python troupe member Michael Palin thought he'd be remembered as little more than a very silly person. Then he set out on a journey that would become the travel series Around the World in 80 Days. Seventeen years later, the man who gained fame doing skits about dead parrots and twisted lumberjacks proudly identifies himself as a world explorer, having visited more than 80 countries for his travel documentaries. Here, TVGuide.com talks with the Brit about his new Travel Channel series, Himalaya, debuting tonight at 10 pm/ET.TVGuide.com: Why did you decide to go to the Himalayas?Michael Palin: Well, I made a series called Sahara in 2001 that found a good audience share. I decided I wanted somewhere that would have lots of adventure, quite remote places to get to and difficult territory to work in, which obviously is what people liked about Sahara. So probably in some comfortable restaurant after a nice meal, I agreed