Man of the Year Award 2000
Michael Palin CBE
After Oxford, Michael and Terry went on to write for various BBC comedy shows, notably ‘The Frost Report’ and ‘The Two Ronnies’. In 1967, they teamed up with Eric Idle to write and perform the children’s comedy series, ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’.
In I969 came ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’, which firmly established Michael’s comic reputation along with his five collaborators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones. This team made forty-five Python episodes and five feature films including ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’, ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ and ‘The Meaning of Life’.
Michael’s other feature film acting credits include Terry Gilliam’s cult feature ‘Brazil’, ‘Jabberwocky’, ‘Time Bandits’, which he wrote with Terry Gilliam, ‘A Prlvate Function’, ‘A Fish Called Wanda’, which won him a BAFTA Award for best supporting actor, ‘American Friends’, which he also co-wrote, and ‘Fierce Creatures’.
For television, Michael and Terry Jones wrote ‘Tomkinson’s Schooldays’ which led to the ‘Ripping Yarns’ series. Amongst Michael’s other television writing credits are the screenplays ‘East of Ipswich’ and ‘Number 27’ for the BBC. ln 1991, Michael played one of the leads in ‘GBH’, Alan Bleasdale’s highly acclaimed series for Channel 4.
A self confessed dromomaniac [travel addict], Michael Palin indulged his wanderlust in three huge adventures ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, ‘Pole to Pole’, and ‘Full Circle’, which were enormously successful television series, books and audios. In 1994, his first stage play ‘The Weekend’ was produced in the West End with Richard Wilson in the lead. A year later his best-selling novel ‘Hemingway’s Chair’ was published.
Michael’s most recent television project, ‘Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure’ was transmitted on BBC1 last year and he has also written a best-selling book to accompany the series.
He was made a CBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours List for services to television drama & travel. Currently Michael is concentrating on writing a new novel, and planning his next travel series, which will start filming in 2001. He lives in North London with his wife Helen and three cats.