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New Europe


The crew 
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Men in Suits. The crew at Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Left to right: John Pritchard, Nigel Meakin, Ondrej (our fixer), Peter Meakin, MP, Claire Houdret, Miss World, John-Paul Davidson.
Michael Palin - New EuropeImmeasurable thanks, as ever, to my two series directors, John-Paul Davidson and Roger Mills, who not only dreamt up the project with me, but provided me with places to go and people to see.

A huge thank you to Nigel Meakin on camera, ably assisted by his son Peter, and John Pritchard on sound, fellow travellers of many series' standing - well, staggering anyway. A special thank you to Pete for mending my glasses so often. Jay Jay Odedra and David Wright stood in as assistant cameramen. To Alex Richardson who edits all the material we bring back, and still speaks to us. To Sue Grant our production manager, who said goodbye to us so many times, but we still kept coming back, and to Michelle Hanley who stood, and sat, by her, on the top floor at Prominent Towers. Thank you for looking after us all.

Thanks to Lyn Dougherty, for being un-flapped by twenty different currencies. To the redoubtable trio of Vanessa Courtney, Claire Houdret and 'Miss Vicky' Bennetts who not only set up stories, but guided us to, through, and safely out of dozens of locations with amazing grace. To Mimi Robinson for not only listening to all my voice-recorded ramblings, but writing them down as well and to Mike Griffin who made departures and arrivals so easy, but couldn't save Sheffield United. Richard Klein at the BBC was sympathetic, encouraging and constructive throughout.

In the Prominent Office, thanks to my two indispensable stalwarts, Paul Bird, tireless organiser who makes my life much easier than it should be and our executive producer Steve Abbott, who has guided my affairs for over a quarter of a century, and who has kept New Europe on course since it was a glint in an old presenter's eye.
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Baker's half-dozen. Crew 2 filming at a bakery near Riga, Latvia: Nigel, MP, Peter, Vanessa Courtney, Roger Mills, John Pritchard.
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  • Series: New Europe
  • Chapter: Acknowledgements
  • Country/sea: England
  • Place: London
  • Book page no: 287

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