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PALIN Michael

Great Britain

Michael Palin is a comedian and writer and also best known as one of the founding members of the legendary Monty Python. He was born in Sheffield on May 5, 1943 and remains an idol of British humour at its most unhinged.
When Michael Palin graduated from Oxford, he was more famous for his various literary contributions than for his history studies. He participated in the Oxford Revue, with Terry Jones, another future member of the Monty Python, and had a role in Hang Down Your Head and Die, a play against capital punishment.
After Oxford, he started a career at the BBC, alternating between documentaries and series, between working as a screenwriter and as an actor. As for his television work, he is mostly remembered for the Monty Python Flying Circus, but not exclusively ; indeed, he was awarded the BAFTA for Around the World in 80 Days in 1989, which he followed with contributions to various documentaries such as Pole to Pole in 1992, Full Circle : A Pacific Journey in 1996 and Hemingway Adventure in 1999.
In films, Michael Palin will be specially remembered for his eccentric roles in the various Monty Python movies, such as Sir Galahad the pure or leader of the Knights who say Ni ! in Holy Grail ; Pontius Pilate in Life of Brian or else the boring prophet, Hamlet’s third psychiatrist, the adorer of the holy shoe relic … all of whom were mad but unforgettable characters. He is impossible to forget in Brazil, A Private Function, A Fish Called Wanda in which he plays K-K-K-Ken, a rather simple stuttering lover of fish for which he was awarded the Oscar for best supporting role in 1989.
Michael Palin is not only a brilliant actor, a creative screenwriter and indefatigable globetrotter, he is also a formidable writer. He has written several plays among which are The Weekend, and has contributed to several newspapers such as the New York Times or Sunday Telegraph, and has written a novel, (Hemingway’s Chair, St Martin Press, 1999). Furthermore, drawing inspiration from his numerous travels around the world, he has become a well known travel writer, well liked by the critics and the public on the other side of the Channel.
With the translation into French of his Around the World in 80 Days, the French public is discovering his writing talents, Michael Plain as a modern day Phileas Fogg, a strange sort of adventurer.

Because of his very heavy schedule, Michael Palin will only be present at Etonnants Voyageurs on Monday June 1st.

In French

Links :

Michael Palin’s travel site :

Bibliography :

Travel books

  • Around the World in 80 Days (1989) ISBN 0-563-20826-0
  • Pole to Pole (1992) ISBN 0-563-37065-3
  • Full Circle (1997) ISBN 0-563-37121-8
  • Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure (1999) ISBN 0-297-82528-3
  • Sahara (2002) ISBN 0-297-84303-6
  • Himalaya (2004) ISBN 0-297-84371-0
  • New Europe (2007) ISBN 0-297-84449-
    All his travel books can be read at no charge, complete and unabridged, on his website.

Autobiography (contributor)

  • The Pythons Autobiography by The Pythons (2003) ISBN 0-7528-5293-0


  • Diaries 1969–1979 : The Python Years (2006) ISBN 0-297-84436-9
  • Diaries 1980–1989 : The Film Years (2009)


  • Hemingway’s chair (1995) ISBN 0-7493-1930-5
  • Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls w/Terry Jones, illus Martin Honeysett, Frank Bellamy et al (1974) ISBN 0-413-32740-X
  • Dr Fegg’s Encyclopaedia of all world knowledge (1984) (expanded reprint of the above, with Terry Jones and Martin Honeysett) ISBN 0-8722-6005-4

Children’s books

  • Small Harry and the Toothache Pills (1982) ISBN 0-416-23690-1
  • Limerics or The Limerick Book (1985) ISBN 0-09-161540-2
  • Cyril and the House of Commons (1986) ISBN 1-85145-078-5
  • Cyril and the Dinner Party (1986) ISBN 1-85145-069-6
  • The Mirrorstone with Alan Lee and Richard Seymour (1986) ISBN 0-224-02408-6


  • The Weekend (1994) ISBN 0-413-68940-9

Selected filmography :

  • And Now For Something Completely Different (1971)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • Three Men in a Boat (1975)
  • Jabberwocky (1977)
  • Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
  • Time Bandits (1981)
  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
  • The Missionary (1982)
  • Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)
  • A Private Function (1984)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  • American Friends (1991)
  • The Wind in the Willows (1996)
  • The Willows in Winter (1996)
  • Fierce Creatures (1997)


  • Now ! (October 1965 – middle 1966)
  • The Ken Dodd Show
  • Billy Cotton Bandshow
  • The Illustrated Weekly Hudd
  • The Frost Report. (10 March 1966 – 29 June 1967)
  • The Late Show (15 October 1966 - 1 April 1967)
  • A Series of Bird’s (1967) (3 October 1967 - 21 November 1967

screenwriter (guest stars)

  • Twice a Fortnight (21 October 1967 - 23 December 1967)
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set (26 December 1967 - 14 May 1969)
  • Broaden Your Mind (1968)
  • How to Irritate People (1968)
  • Marty (TV series) (1968)
  • Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969)
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus (5 October 1969–5 December 1974)
  • Ripping Yarns (1976-1979)
  • Great Railway Journeys of the World, episode title "Confessions of a Trainspotter" (1980)
  • East of Ipswich (1987) writer
  • Michael Palin : Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
  • GBH (1991)
  • Pole to Pole (1992)
  • Great Railway Journeys, episode title "Derry to Kerry" (1994)
  • Full Circle with Michael Palin (1997)
  • Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure (1999)
  • Michael Palin On... The Colourists (2000)
  • Sahara with Michael Palin (2002)
  • Life on Air (2002)
  • Himalaya with Michael Palin (2004)
  • Michael Palin’s New Europe (2007)
  • Around the World in 20 Years (30 December 2008)
Autour du monde en 80 jours

Autour du monde en 80 jours

Michael Palin (BBC, 1989, 3x52’) -

Comme Phileas Fogg, le héros de Jules Verne, Michael Palin, inoubliable trublion Monty Pythonesque, a décidé il y a vingt ans de partir du “Reform Club” en plein coeur de la City pour accomplir son tour du monde à lui. Hilarant et décalé, son regard a enchanté les spectateurs de la BBC depuis 1989. Le voici en invité d’honneur de la vingtième édition de Saint-Malo Etonnants Voyageurs !

Le tour du monde en 80 jours par un monty python

Hoëbeke - 2009


Les cafés littéraires en vidéo
Avec Norman SPINRAD, Michael PALIN - Saint-Malo 2009

Le tour du monde en 80 jours d’un Monty Python

Saint-Malo 2009
Lundi : 17h00 - Le tour du monde en 80 jours d’un Monthy Python
Michael Palin. Animé par Hubert Artus

Un Monty Python autour du monde

Saint-Malo 2009
Lundi : 11h15 - Un Monthy Python autour du monde
Michael Palin. Animé par Patrice Blanc-Francard