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Who was Palin influenced by? by callumalden on 20 May 2004 11:19pm
 
I read Palin started studying Travel Journalism at Cambridge - and then Python happened (and there was much rejoycing). When did he pick it back up? Who made the 80 days commisioning idea up. Was it Palin, the Beeb... Travel shows in the early 80s were fantastic- i'm of origin circa 1986 - i can only talk from the re-runs of BBC/ITV shows of the era. Who were Palin's influences at the time - where did that style come from? Not very interesting is this - oh well, maybe someone can stick a pin on it.

not that *ouch*.
 
Re: Who was Palin influenced by? by gwen on 21 May 2004 12:15am
 
Callum, are you serious? Where did you read that? Seriously, where did you read that.

Most people know Michael was at Oxford reading History. Then Python happened.

I think the BBC thought up 80 Days, and approached a couple of people before Michael. Maybe three people. I think it's all recorded in "Life of Michael" by Jeremy Novick or Novack or Novaks .... The director of the potential series says he tried to put Alan Whicker off doing it by telling A.W. how uncomfortable the filming would be, and it worked.
 
Re: Who was Palin influenced by? by irishmanufan on 21 May 2004 12:50am
 
I read Palin started studying Travel Journalism at Cambridge - and then Python happened (and there was much rejoycing).

you read wrngly . he was at oxford brasenose college studying history . i have a video of the tv programme comic roots where he goes back to his old college . he talks about the comedy he likes and gives a really big mention to the goon show . (a 1950's bbc radio comedy show . the group mememebers were spkie milligan , peter sellers , and harry secombe . also in the early days michael bentine )
the bbc approched him to do around the world in 80 days and because the show was a sicess he did the pole to pole then because that show was a sucess he did the others .
in the interview in the dvd extras of around the world he mentions trhat he was the third to be asked to do 80 days after alan whicker noel edmonds and a travel journalist whos name i can;t spell paul theroux or something like that !
cheers
Linda
 
Re: Who was Palin influenced by? by callumalden on 21 May 2004 1:25am
 
Oxford, i see. I should have Google'd - much Palin-Oxford reading to be done on there. On to a further point - where does the current trend for travel shows come from? I'm currently workshopping some ideas on a Palin-esque / Wicker's World travelogue radio/tv type of pulse. I don't have the knowledge of TVs forgotton series' - if there were some. The one thing I have found is in particular 80 days - mention Palin from BBC exec to high-street kid and faces light up - in the mocking tones of old-woman-Cleese "I like that Michael Pa-Lin" (python-night, bbc, 2002). People do warm to him. The quick-flash pretty beach hard-core rave soundtack scroll bar menu programmes of which there are so many - A whole channel on Sky - its a much saturated field and things may hopefully slow down. Good or bad? Anyhoo - noel edmonds, irishmanufan, imagine that!

Callum.
 
Re: Who was Palin influenced by? by sminobe on 21 May 2004 3:53am
 
Ack! Now I've got "The Happy Wanderer" running through my head! Does the series "Wonderama" ring any bells out there?

As far as MPs influences, for comedy, besides the Goon Show, there was Beyond the Fringe -- I think these are all covered by the various Python books.

For travel, there was the railway station in Sheffield, visiting missionaries at his church, boxes of dates sent to his father at Christmas from the Algerian branch of his company & last, but not least, his bicycle & the Yorkshire countryside (& a healthy imagination, I'd guess).
 
Re: Who was Palin influenced by? by Godfather on 23 May 2004 11:31am
 

Well,i think it's well known that Hemingway was one of his heroes (hence the series).
 



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