MICHAEL PALIN ON VIDEO

How To Irritate People (1968) (see John Cleese)


Ripping Yarns (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


More Ripping Yarns (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


Even More Ripping Yarns (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


Across The Andes By Frog (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


The Curse Of The Claw (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


Escape From Stalag Luft 112B (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


Murder At Moorstones Manor (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


The Testing Of Eric Olthwaite (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


Tomkinson's Schooldays (1976/1979) (see Terry Jones)


Jabberwocky (1977) (see Terry Gilliam)


The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978) (see Eric Idle)


Saturday Night Live (Michael Palin: Guest Host) Volume 1 (1979)

(video of Michael Palin's 27 January 1979 appearance on Saturday Night Live; includes Michael's appearance as Mr. Brighton in another "Nerds" sketch, as Adolf Hitler in "What if Superman Grew Up in German?" and in Chapter 1 of "Miles Cowperthwaite")

  • distributed by Warner Home Video (1979), 29033, 67 minutes

The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979) (see John Cleese)


Great Railway Journeys Of The World: "Confessions Of A Train-Spotter" (1980)

(aired November 27, 1980 on BBC-2, fourth show in a series of seven; Michael Palin travels 654 miles from Euston, London to Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland aboard a variety of classic trains; written and presented by Michael Palin; may be ordered through Public Media Video (U.S.) 1-800-262-2616)

  • Public Media Video/BBC Enterprises Ltd. (1980), RAI 03, 59 minutes; also distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5223

Time Bandits (1981) (see Terry Gilliam)


The Missionary (1982)

(conceived and written by Michael Palin; stars Michael Palin as "Reverend Charles Fortescue," a missionary who returns from Africa in 1906 and is assigned to a mission for prostitutes in London's East End)

  • Handmade Films/Columbia Pictures, distributed by Thorn EMI Video, TVB 1605, 86 minutes
  • Handmade Films/Columbia Pictures, distributed by Paramount Home Video (1992), PAR 15100 (ISBN 0-7921-2554-1), 86 minutes

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) (see Graham Chapman)


The Secret Policeman's Private Parts (1984) (see Graham Chapman)


A Private Function (1985)

(a film starring Michael Palin as "Gilbert Chilvers," a chiropodist (someone who treats human feet for health and disease), who steals a pig during the 1947 rationing in England)

  • Island Alive/Handmade Films, distributed by Thorn EMI HBO Video, TVA 3010, 93 minutes
  • Island Alive/Handmade Films, distributed by Paramount Home Video (1992), PAR 12998, 93 minutes

Brazil (1985) (see Terry Gilliam)


Branchline Railway (1987)

(Michael Palin, self-confessed train buff, introduces unique footage from the BBC archive: "Branchline Railway," with Sir John Betjeman, and two historic newsreel sequences: "Britannia Under Her Own Steam" and "Atlantic Coast Express")

  • BBC Enterprises, Ltd, distributed by Public Media Video (U.S.), BRA 01, 47 minutes

Consuming Passions (1988) (see Terry Jones)


A Fish Called Wanda (1988) (see John Cleese)


The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball (1989) (see John Cleese)


Around The World In 80 Days (Outward Bound) (1989)

(covers Michael Palin's first half of the round the world journey without the assistance of aircraft; first aired January/February 1989 on the Arts and Entertainment Channel (U.S.) and October 11, 1989 on BBC-1 television; comes as a complete set, "Outward Bound" and "Homeward Bound"; available from Arts & Entertainment Home Video Purchase 1-800-423-1212; Arts & Entertainment Channel in Hollywood, California 310-286-0400)

  • BBC Enterprises, Ltd., distributed by Public Media Videos (1990), ARO 01 (ISBN 0-7800-0436-1), 164 minutes (two video cassettes)

Around The World In 80 Days (Homeward Bound) (1989)

(second half of Michael Palin's journey around the world with a BBC television crew)

  • BBC Enterprises, Ltd., distributed by Public Media Videos (1990), ARO 02 (ISBN 0-7800-0437-X), 172 minutes (two video cassettes)

Jack And The Beanstalk (1991)

(classic story read by Michael Palin with animated pictures)

  • Rabbit Ears Productions, distributed by UNI Distribution Corp, Videocassette Rev 10260 (ISBN 1-56204-003-0 or ISBN 1-57099-026-3), 30 minutes

American Friends (1991)

(starring Michael Palin as "Reverend Francis Ashby" and Connie Booth as "Miss Caroline Hartley;" story and screenplay by Michael Palin; loosely based on the diaries of Michael Palin's great-grandfather; story is about an Oxford college senior tutor who falls in love with an American woman in Switzerland, although the rules of the college forbid him to marry)

  • Millennium Films/Mayday/Prominent Features, an MCEG Virgin Vision Release, distributed by Vidmark Entertainment & Facets Multimedia, Inc., VM 5719 (ISBN 31398-5719-3), 95 minutes

G.B.H. (Episodes 1 - 3) (1991)

(the first three episodes of the popular television series "G.B.H." When the politically ambitious Michael Murray meets headmaster Jim Nelson their lives are changed forever. Michael Palin plays the role of Jim Nelson in this television drama. Includes the episodes "It Couldn't Happen Here," "Only Here on a Message," and "Send a Message to Michael.")

  • GBH (Films) Production/Channel Four TV Co. Ltd., distributed by Vision Video Ltd. (U.K.), VVD 854, 255 minutes

G.B.H. (Episodes 4 - 7) (1991)

(last four episodes from the popular television series "G.B.H." Includes the episodes "Message Sent," "Message Received," "Message Understood," and "Over and Out.")

  • GBH (Films) Production/Channel Four TV Co. Ltd., distributed by Vision Video Ltd. (U.K.), VVD 855, 311 minutes

Michael Palin's Pole To Pole (Vol. 1) (1992)

(Michael Palin's travels near the 30 degree east line of longitude without the assistance of modern aircraft; includes the episodes "Cold Start" and "Russian Steps")

  • BBC/Prominent Features, distributed by Arts & Entertainment Home Video, AAE-10801 (ISBN 1-56501-134-1), 100 minutes

Michael Palin's Pole To Pole (Vol. 2) (1992)

(Michael Palin's travels near the 30 degree east line of longitude without the assistance of modern aircraft; includes the episodes "Mediterranean Maze" and "Shifting Sands")

  • BBC/Prominent Features, distributed by Arts & Entertainment Home Video, AAE-10802 (ISBN 1-56501-135-X), 100 minutes

Michael Palin's Pole To Pole (Vol. 3) (1992)

(Michael Palin's travels near the 30 degree east line of longitude without the assistance of modern aircraft; includes the episodes "Crossing the Line" and "Plains and Boats and Trains")

  • BBC/Prominent Features, distributed by Arts & Entertainment Home Video, AAE-10803 (ISBN 1-56501-136-8), 100 minutes

Michael Palin's Pole To Pole (Vol. 4) (1992)

(Michael Palin's travels near the 30 degree east line of longitude without the assistance of modern aircraft; includes the episodes "Evil Shadow" and "Bitter End")

  • BBC/Prominent Features, distributed by Arts & Entertainment Home Video, AAE-10804 (ISBN 1-56501-137-6), 100 minutes

Michael Palin's Pole To Pole (1992)

(Michael Palin's travels near the 30 degree east line of longitude; the complete boxed set, volumes 1 through 4; available from Arts & Entertainment Home Video Purchase 1-800-423-1212; Arts & Entertainment Channel in Hollywood, California 310-286-0400)

  • BBC/Prominent Features, distributed by Arts & Entertainment Home Video, AAE-10800 (ISBN 1-56501-133-3)

Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (1993)

(four short sketches starring Tracey Ullman and Michael Palin; "Air Travel" about an airline that prefers to seat you by social class; "Thirty Seven Up" traces the lives of three children of different classes through adulthood; in "Hethers," working class parents make huge sacrifices to push their daughter through boarding school; and a visit to the "Powder Room" in which Tracey shows what goes on in the powder room of a top department store)

  • Witzend Productions Ltd., distributed by VCI Distribution Ltd. (U.K.), VC 6295, 42 minutes

Michael Palin's Great Railway Journey has also been cited as Great Railway Journeys: From Derry To Kerry and Michael Palin's Irish Railway Journey: Derry To Kerry (1993)

(from the BBC television series, features Michael Palin's trip by train from Derry in Northern Ireland to the county of Kerry in Ireland, from whence his great-grandmother emigrated in the nineteenth century)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5223, 54 minutes
  • BBC Television, distributed by Atlas Video, Inc. (ISBN 1-56938-061-9), 57 minutes (part of the "Great Railway Journeys" six-video cassette series)
  • BBC Television, distributed by Acorn Media (ISBN 1-56938-041-4), 57 minutes (single cassette version "Michael Palin's Irish Railway Journey")

Great Railway Journeys (1994)

(the full BBC television series on six video cassettes, includes Michael Palin's trip by train from Derry in Northern Ireland to the county of Kerry in Ireland, from whence his great-grandmother emigrated in the nineteenth century; available from Video Trackers, 1-800-7733-2232)

  • BBC Television, distributed by Atlas Video, Inc., 33498 (ISBN 1-56938-058-9), 318 minutes

The Wind In The Willows (1994)

(feature length animated version of this classic Kenneth Grahame book; tells the story of life along the Riverbank as experienced by a community of intelligent and tempestuous animals; featuring the voice of Michael Palin as "The Rat;" this film spent some time in the festival circuit before being released on video)

  • TVC London, distributed by Good Times Home Video (1996), 05-77261 (ISBN 1-55511-892-5), 74 minutes

Comic Balls (1994) (see Graham Chapman)


The Secret Policeman's Box Of Balls (19***) (see Graham Chapman)