Michael Palin brands David Beckham a 'wimp' after he admits to fear of frogs
The retired footballer stars in a new adventure documentary, but finds the wildlife difficult to grapple with
Monday 02 June 2014
The retired footballer recently embarked on a journey into the heart of the Amazonian rainforest for a BBC documentary, in which he attempts to find somewhere in the world where he is not recognised and where he has to explain the notion of football.
But it seems Beckham isn’t as brave as his newfound documentary-making peers – a screening of the 90-minute program today (2 June) showed him unnerved by the sight of a frog and a "pretty dangerous" snake.
"You are a wimp, really. David Attenborough would have interviewed it [the frog]," Palin said to Beckham at a Q&A in London.
"I wish the snake had been bigger. It was bigger than it looks on TV," said Beckham.
"I am not a big frog fan. It was bright orange and I was told it was pretty dangerous. I was a little bit nervous about that."
Perhaps an unlikely oracle in how to prepare for an adventure into "the middle of nowhere", Victoria Beckham presents her husband with what was surely his biggest concern before travelling.
"What are you going to do with your hair, with all that humidity?" she asks drily concerned. "I don't even go to humid countries because of my hair. What are you going to do?"
"I am going to wear a hat," he responds, much to the approval of his fashion designer wife.
Beckham succeeds in his objective of teaching a group of locals what football is, after meeting members of the remote Yanomami tribe.
"It is the first time I have ever had to explain what soccer is to anybody apart from Victoria," he remarked.
David Beckham: Into The Unknown airs on BBC 1 on Monday 9 June.
- 2 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 5 Teenagers irritable because early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Car tax disc changes: Five facts you never knew about your (almost obsolete) tax disc
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
The Aral Sea: Nasa pictures show how what was once the fourth largest lake in the world has become almost completely dry
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >
£28, 700: Whiskey Whiskey Tango: Property Management Company is seeking a brig...
£80 - 100k + Bonus: Guru Careers: A COO / Chief Operating Officer is needed to...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...