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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Time to choose sides... by voxpops on 4 September 2004 6:44am
I don't know if this has been discussed before, but I thought of an interesting debate for the site: 80 Days, Pole to Pole and Full Circle were completed (almost) in one complete journey while Sahara, Hemingway, and the new Himalaya adventure were completed in sections, with breaks for Mike and the filmakers to go home for a rest. Do you think there is a difference in the intensity or energy levels of these two sets of journeys? Would the first three have been different if there were breaks? Pick a side and come in swinging.
Re: Time to choose sides... by intrepid on 4 September 2004 3:43pm
Can be bothered. My answer will be kind of lame because I've only seen 1 series, Pole to Pole. Frankly, the thing I'm most interested in seeing is the geographic aspect and I'm less interested in watching the host get frustrated. A break every 2 months doesn't bother me.
Re: Time to choose sides... by Helen on 4 September 2004 4:17pm
My vote is that when he didn't take as many breaks-- the frayed nerves, unshaven face, rumpled-slept in clothes, the bursts of impatience, hints of anxiety, and bad language made for a very entertaining program.
Poor Michael. The things he does for his fans.
Re: Time to choose sides... by Diamond on 5 September 2004 12:07pm
but just remember he is a lucky lucky bastard and there is no rule 5!!!

good question voxpops - now then - i agree with helen but sometimes its impossible to do the series in one go - sahara had to be split as the only way to cross borders was to fly home and back again - so it would make sense to have a break

michael just makes me smile and yes the crumpled clothes etc do add character to the programme - awwww bless you michael
Re: Time to choose sides... by irishmanufan on 5 September 2004 12:38pm
i have to say it did'nt bother me wheather michael has a break or not . he had to go home during the making of full circle when helen has her brain tumour , he could'nt get to the north pole until afeter he did the rest of the journey due to the weather conditions on pole to pole both oif these series still rock . so i am not choosing one side or the other . as we say in ireland i am the hurler on the ditch :0)
Re: Time to choose sides... by Spursfan on 5 September 2004 2:34pm
Although I think that all the series have been interesting, entertaining, funny and generally brill (!) I do think that there's that added edge when the journey is done all in one go. It doesn't have quite the same effect when you know they've all been back in their comfy beds for a few months - although obviously it is understandable for family illness.

And nothing will ever beat 80 days for being the first one, and being against the clock!!

Re: Time to choose sides... by irishmanufan on 5 September 2004 9:50pm
it was great to see a little bit bwhind the scenes if you like on the first 80 days show too .

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