One of my favourite TV travel documentary series has been that put together over the last two decades by former Monty Python member, Michael Palin. In fact, it was probably his documentaries that first sparked my interest in travel, as there were few other travel shows on television here in Australia, at the time, that showed off-beat and hard-to-get to destinations. Amongst many other countries, Palin did a marvellous job of opening up Russia to the world, in his programs, as it was just starting to emerge from decades of isolation from the West.
Now Palin has turned his sights on somewhere a little closer to home – in his latest documentary, New Europe, he explores Eastern Europe, visiting some the new members of the EU as well as some prospective members.
The show is currently screening on the BBC in the UK, and will be shown in November, on TV ONE in New Zealand. No word on when it will be shown and who will show it in Australia, the US or Canada.
There’s an interview with Michael Palin on stuff.co.nz here.
The series has an accompanying book of the same name (see advertisement above).