Himalaya with Michael Palin

2005, TV Show

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This Monty Python Grad's Tripping

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  Read Full Article

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Michael Palin begins a 2000-mile journey across a region of might, majesty and mystery, encountering new extremes of wealth and poverty, intense heat and freezing cold. Once again, the former Pythonian brings his unique brand of wit and wisdom with him. Whilst on his travels, he passes through Afghanistan, across India to the feared Death Zone near the base of Mount Everest and then on to the Bhutanese capital before arriving in the Bay of Bengal.

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Season 1, Episode 6
In the remote Kingdom of Bhutan, Michael Palin finds himself back in the land of yaks for a last look at the high Himalaya. Passing Tiger's Nest Monastery, Michael treks towards the Base Camp of Chomolhari where he meets Dorji, a nomad with a penchant for yak songs.

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Season 1, Episode 5
Following the Yangtze River along Tiger Leaping Gorge into Yunnan in South West China, Michael Palin reaches the easternmost end of the Himalayas. At Lugu Lake he is the guest of the celebrated Mosuo singer Namu, who explains the intricacies of the matrilineal Mosuos' walking marriage where the women pick and choose their lovers at will.

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Season 1, Episode 4
Leaving Everest Base Camp,Michael Palin takes the high road to Lhasa to see for himself what the Chinese have done to Tibet. From the Potala Palace to the great monasteries of Tashilunpo and Sera, he sees that religion is once again tolerated, while at the same time the old Tibetan centre of the city is being torn down and replaced with modern Chinese shopping malls and nightclubs.

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This Monty Python Grad's Tripping

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 read more

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Premiered: June 20, 2005
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The peripatetic Python alumnus travels through the Asian mountain chain, soaking up local culture and customs.

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