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First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by paulfranciswilliams on 17 September 2007 12:42am
 
Well folks,
It has been and gone. The first transmission of episode 1 of New Europe, which finished a little over one hour ago on BBC1.

I loved it (of course), and it certainly didn't fail to disappoint. It had all the trademarks we've come to expect from a Palin documentary - humour (opera singer on boat, anyone?) through to the more serious and poignient moments - landmines.

I won't prattle on too much. What were your favourite moments and what do we all make of it so far?

I'm looking forward to the Czech Republic when that episode comes around.

Warmest regards
Paul
 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by Blairhoyle on 17 September 2007 9:47am
 
I thought the tales of Bosnia were quite harrowing.

I rememeber watching the News and reading the newspapers back in 1993 and remember seeing a picture of a tram in Sarajevo, abandoned whilst people were dodging sniper fire. Michael commented that it will take some 70 years for the hills surrounding Sarajevo to be safe to walk in again.

I didn't think the show covered much regarding the problems in Serbia, maybe the book will. I'm just back from Belgrade from watching the Rangers game and let me say that if it wasn't for the huge police numbers protecting us it could have been a very scary trip. We weren't allowed out of our hotel, when we got to the stadium we were greeted with a shower of bricks and bottles. Serbia is also the Sex traffic capital of Europe and is rife with corruption and mafia control. However I did meet some nice people.

Here is a link to the BBC website which details the next 6 episodes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/palin/
 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by Silvija on 17 September 2007 10:44am
 
Hi all!
I thought it was great! As Im from Croatia myself, I was very interested to see the first episode. Too bad he didnt have the time to visit Zagreb or the Plitvice Lakes but you cant do everything can you...Mostar was beautiful to see. Ive been there twice myself and its absolutely gorgeous! This and last summer I was in Sarajevo also and its a wonderful city to visit too. I remembered the Holiday Inn where Michael stayed. We (my bf and I) didnt stay there as we thought it too expensive and too massive so we stayed at a wonderful hotel on the hills called Hotel Saray. I can recommend it to anyone! You are near the centre and still you have the peace and quiet of the hills and you can enjoy a most beautiful view of Sarajevo.
Lots of greetz to you all, S.
 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by callumalden on 17 September 2007 11:11am
 
Since Sahara palin's documentaries have become increasingly noisy. I understand T.V. today doesn't give anyone a minute to breathe, but is all the soundtracking really necessary (in particular the thumping bass, very painful in that hideous title sequence) the dubbing / sound recorder must be livvid.

around that; the first show was really great. it had the palin pace- although it wasn't obvious what the format of the programme was to be (no time limit, no guide or idol to follow, if i had looked away for 10 seconds i'd have missed the map that showed up on screen near the intro). michael's intro seemed rushed, and he looked a little crippled on that cane, i did think to myself 'where's the old boy's blind dog?', hobbling up that hill like Wainwright.

the crew were missing too, i like it when palin breaks through the third-wall, i'm sure he made a promise to Wicker in 80 days not to 'fool' the audience. they've made an appearance in nearly every other series.

anyone know if Basil Pao was on hand with his camera, does that man have his own website?

8/10 - fix the 3d-trance music intro, loose the thumping in-between-music, get on your bike. :D
 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by vlad all over on 17 September 2007 11:55am
 
Awesome. Obviously.
 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by kisch on 17 September 2007 12:26pm
 
callumalden - please elaborate what "cane" are you taking about ?
 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by Gizzy on 17 September 2007 2:24pm
 
I thought it was excellent, just a shame they are only doing 7 programmes as it appears there is a lot more that will be missed but hopefully the DVD will be better.
 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by suzulu on 17 September 2007 3:24pm
 
Excellent, as usual! Some harrowing stories but people are obviously trying to recover and start all over again. I loved the opera singer! Photography superb. I had to turn away from the sacrifice of that poor sheep - I hope they didn't actually show it.
 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by Blairhoyle on 17 September 2007 4:28pm
 
suzulu you just seen the blood running along the floor and over the side.

 
Re: First Episode of New Europe - verdicts please. by Flyfifer on 17 September 2007 6:03pm
 
My only disappointment is that Slovenia's contribution to the series seems to have been confined to a 30-second series introduction piece. But, I guess that is the cost of trying to cram so many different countries into 7-hours.
 
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