Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, American Friends and Fierce Creatures. His television credits include two films for the BBC's Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswich and Number 27 and Alan Bleasdale's GBH.
He has wriiten books to accompany his eight very popular BBC travel series, Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya, New Europe and Brazil. His Diaries have been successfully published, and he is the author of a number of children's stories and the play The Weekend. He has also written two novels, Hemingway's Chair and The Truth.