Michael Palin prepares for solo tour

Published Thursday, 10 April 2014
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Michael Palin is getting ready for his first solo tour this autumn, which looks through his collection of diaries over the years.

Michael Palin prepares for solo tour
Michael Palin chats to This Morning. (© Rex Features)

The Travelling To Work tour will see the Monty Python cast member reminisce about his life, covering the years from 1988 to 1998.

"I've done one-man shows before at festivals, but this is my first solo tour," he told This Morning's Phillip and Holly.

"There is so many things that I did in those diaries that most people would have forgotten about, like a whole series with Tracey Ullman, so it's nice to talk to an audience about it and to do it over 21 shows from September to October, in different parts of the country."

A predominant part of the show will recall Palin's time hosting travel documentaries for the BBC.

"We can talk and I can show (the audience) clips of the travelling, we can discuss things that are important to different parts of the country," he continued.

"It's a fairly loose format, so it's going to be as audience friendly as possible."

But before he heads off on tour around the UK, Palin will first re-join his Monty Python cast members for a run of reunion shows at London's O2 Arena in July.

Palin will appear on stage with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones after more than 30 years since their last stage performance.

The fact that the first show sold out in just over 43 seconds amazed Palin, as he claims it would take him that amount of time to simply pick up the phone.

He added: "I find it quite extraordinary that Python still survives and there are still two generations (of fans) from when we first did it, who are still interested in the shows.

"So I hope we do get that younger audience as well.

"We've got a huge international audience. A lot of the tickets were bought by people in Australia, America. Germany, Scandinavia - they all still love Python."

Asked whether or not fans can expect a few familiar sketches in the reunion shows, he replied: "I think you can safely say that the Spanish inquisition will be mentioned, probably several times.

"Interestingly enough, we've done 'dead parrot' on stage a lot, we've never actually performed 'Spanish inquisition' on stage so that's quite exciting."

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