Michael Palin
Michael Palin's Radio Adventures

Michael Palin's Radio Adventures

  • Radio chat show
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • 2017
  • 1 episode

Michael Palin discusses his radio career with John McCarthy. Also features Barry Cryer, John Finnemore and Paul Gambaccini.

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Chat Show
BBC Radio 4 Extra
John McCarthy, Michael Palin, Barry Cryer, John Finnemore and Paul Gambaccini
Stephen Garner

In a special showcase broadcast from the Radio Theatre, John McCarthy meets with Michael Palin to celebrate the actor-adventurer's remarkable life and career as heard on radio.

Michael Palin has been a Python, a world traveller, author, actor and screenwriter, and often described as "Britain's Nicest Man". However one area which is often overlooked from his long and impressive career are his fascinating radio contributions.

In this programme we hear extracts from his mighty canon of work include his famous diaries, interviews about his comedy and travel work, documentaries about mental illness and dramas we also hear rare footage of the time he tried his hand as a BBC disc jockey, his charity work and a hilarious pythonesque local radio broadcast from a taxi rank.

Recorded in front an enthusiastic audience featuring contributions from comedians Barry Cryer and John Finnemore along with broadcaster Paul Gambaccini we discover Palin's love for radio and hear a treasure trove of archives on an eclectic mix of subjects - and plenty memories of Monty Python.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 9am on BBC Radio 4 Extra
Episode length
180 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 21st April 2024 at 5:00am on Radio 4 Extra
  • Saturday 20th April 2024 at 9:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
  • Saturday 20th April 2024 at 3:00pm on Radio 4 Extra

Recording details

  • BBC Radio Theatre

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