Sir. Michael Palin Series Doc Takes On Nigeria, To Air On Channel 4

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Monty Python Star, Sir. Michael Palin, 80, Explores a 1,300-mile Journey in the Channel 5 Series with the working title “Michael Palin: Into Nigeria.

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Channel 5, under Paramount ownership, has greenlit the production of “Michael Palin: Into Nigeria” (working title), marking the third travel series featuring the Monty Python star. Produced by ITN Productions, the 3-part, 60-minute series follows the success of “Michael Palin: Into Iraq” and “Michael Palin in North Korea.”

The show documents Palin’s 1,300-mile journey across Nigeria, showcasing its diverse people, cultures, and controversies. Starting in Lagos, he witnesses stark economic disparities, then ventures to the Islamic north, navigating the challenges of Sharia law and Boko Haram influence.

Guy Davies, factual commissioning editor for non-scripted UK originals at Channel 5 and Paramount+, praised the series for its visual impact and heartfelt exploration, emphasizing Michael Palin’s ability to connect with the people of a nation poised for increasing global significance.

Will Smith, head of factual at ITN Productions, expressed delight in collaborating with Michael Palin once again as he delves into the complexities of one of the world’s most important yet least understood countries. Michael Palin: Into Nigeria (working title) will air later this year.

The forthcoming series will be complemented by a book slated for release next year, delving into Palin’s extensive encounters and reflections during his exploration of Nigeria.

Key Background

Sir Michael Palin, born on May 5, 1943, is an acclaimed English actor, comedian, writer, and television presenter, renowned for his membership in the Monty Python comedy group. He achieved the BAFTA Fellowship in 2013 and received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2019.

Palin initially worked on TV programs like the Ken Dodd Show and The Frost Report before joining Monty Python’s Flying Circus from 1969 to 1974. His notable contributions to Python sketches include “Argument Clinic,” “Dead Parrot Sketch,” and “The Lumberjack Song.” Beyond Python, Palin co-wrote and starred in iconic films like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life.

He received a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for A Fish Called Wanda in 1988. Since 1980, Palin has gained recognition for his television travel documentaries, covering diverse regions worldwide, and served as President of the Royal Geographical Society from 2009 to 2012.


While Africa is often labelled as the world’s poorest continent, it boasts breathtaking places with diverse cultures to explore. In Nigeria, a nation divided into 36 states and 6 geo-political zones, the richness of experiences goes beyond expectations.

With over 200 ethnic groups speaking 500 languages, Nigeria offers a warm tropical climate and a plethora of cultures, art, music, film, fashion, and food. From the majestic Zuma Rock to the tranquil Awhum Cave, the exotic Obudu Plateau to the spectacular Gurara Waterfall, Nigeria presents different natural wonders, each with its own unique charm.

Whether exploring the suspended Ado-Awaye Lake or marvelling at the delicate balance of the Riyom Rock, the diverse landscapes showcase the country’s natural treasures. Other highlights include the Ogba Ukwu Waterfall and Cave, the Ogbunike Cave, the Olumo Rock, and the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls, each contributing to Nigeria’s awe-inspiring scenery.

In Summary

Embarking on his latest adventure, Sir Michael Palin navigates through Nigeria, skillfully intertwining captivating narratives that highlight his steadfast dedication to storytelling and exploration.

The question arises: will his lens focus more on showcasing the rich cultural tapestry or shedding light on the challenges of poverty in this global perspective?

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