Around The World In 80 Days - 20 Years On
Airs Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This photo gallery contains the vast majority of photographs from each of Michael's travel series, many of which were taken by his friend Basil Pao.
Michael Palin goes in search of the crew of the wooden dhow Al Shama, featured in his first globe-trotting, hit series "Around the World in 80 Days." The 80-day voyage across the Arabian Sea to Bombay filmed 20 years ago has become a TV classic.
Michael's search begins in Dubai, which has been transformed since he was last there in 1988. He soon moves on to what is now Mumbai. There, a helpful freight broker tells him what has befallen Al Shama. But there is better news of Captain Hasssan Suleyman, and Michael books himself onto the Kutch Express, which takes him far to the north, close to the Pakistani border. But will his long search be crowned with a reunion with men with whom he forged a special bond, and on whom his life depended 20 years ago?