Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days - Season 1

BBC Premiered Jan 01, 2006 Unknown


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  • 2/18/90
    It has taken Michael 58 days to reach the International Date Line. He has only 22 days to complete the second half of the circumnavigation, with the Pacific, United States and the Atlantic still to be crossed. Delays, misunderstandings and a suspect bomb all conspire to thwart Michael and the outcome remains in doubt as the clock hands edge nearer to the fatal hour.moreless
  • 2/11/90
    Michael leaves Shanghai bound for Yokohama on a mysteriously empty Chinese ferry. The Pacific represents his last chance to stay in the race. After a hilarious night out in fun-filled Tokyo, Michael finds a vessel which will take him to California in 10 days. He finds that crossing the International Date Line is something the circumnavigator does at considerable peril.moreless
  • Oriental Express
    Episode 5
    Michael's connection in Hong Kong, has already sailed, but speeding through the roads of Singapore brings him to his first mega-size container ship. He spends the next few days dodging three typhoon systems in the South China Sea before arriving in Hong Kong. Michael pauses long enough to be savaged by a cockatoo before hurling himself across China by train, in the hope of catching up some time.moreless
  • A Close Shave
    Episode 4
    After eight days of sailing, a weak Michael Palin is propelled into big-city India. He's behind his fictional rival but forges ahead to Bombay, Poona, Madras - and then a juddering halt. Only two ships sail out of Madras, the first doesn't leave for at least three days and the second has no room for passengers. Undeterred, Michael persuades its Yugoslav master to hire him as a deckhand.moreless
  • Ancient Mariners
    Episode 3
    Michael tries to buy time and drives across Arabia in 40 hours, only to find in Dubai his toughest challenge. He proposes to sail to Bombay on a primitive, sail-assisted vessel without radio, navigation aids, life belts or electricity, with a crew of Gujarati mariners who barely speak English. There's no accommodation either, and the circumnavigators must sleep on sacks of cargo on the deck.moreless
  • Arabian Frights
    Episode 2
    Fate awaits Michael at the port of Suez on the Red Sea as he has left behind the modern conveniences of Europe. They cross safely, by train, camel and battered taxi, but in Suez the ferry to Jeddah is cancelled at the last minute owing to engine trouble. By the time Michael eventually sails, he knows he will miss a vital connection in the Saudi port.moreless
  • The Challenge
    Episode 1
    Michael Palin optimistically steps out into the historic Pall Mall in London. He aims to return to this very spot in 80 days having circumnavigated the globe. He will follow the route of Jules Verne's fictional hero as closely as possible, travelling by land and sea but, never by air. All begins well but modern air travel has destroyed nautical travel and decimated the global rail lines.moreless