The second volume of Michael Palin's diaries covers the 1980s, a decade in which the ties that bound the Pythons loosened as they forged their separate careers. After a live performance at the Hollywood Bowl, they made their last performance together in 1983 in the hugely successful "Monty Python's Meaning of Life."
Writing and acting in films and television then took over much of Michael's life, culminating in the smash hit A Fish Called Wanda, in which he played the hapless, stuttering Ken (for which he won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor), and the first of his seven celebrated television journeys for the BBC. He wrote much of the dialogue and acted in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" and acted in his next film, "Brazil".
He co-produced, wrote and played the lead in "The Missionary" opposite Maggie Smith, who also appeared with him in "A Private Function", which is also a book written by Alan Bennett. For television he wrote "East of Ipswich", inspired by his links with Suffolk.
Such was his fame in the US, he was enticed into once again hosting the enormously popular show "Saturday Night Live", in one edition of which his mother makes a highly successful surprise guest appearance. He filmed several journeys for television and became chairman of the pressure group, Transport 2000. His family remains a constant as his and Helen's children enter their teens.
About the Author
Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and Ripping YarnsS. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda and, more recently, American Friends and Fierce Creatures. His television credits include two films for the BBC's Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswitch and Number 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH. The books he wrote to accompany his TV travels have all been bestsellers, as was the first volume of his diaries.
Number Of Pages: 632
Published: 1st January 2000