Michael Palin

Guest editors: Over and out?

Well-known guest editors taking over BBC's Today show is a Christmas tradition – an escape from the 24-hour news cycle. But the scheme may have had its time, says Ian Burrell

Holy Grail producer: 'I made film funnier'

The producer behind Monty Python And The Holy Grail yesterday told the High Court that the cult film would have been "much less funny" without his input as he sued for an equal share of its profits.

The 10 Best travel DVDs

1. Encounters at the End of the World

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Director Werner Herzog comes up trumps in this documentary about the polar explorers of the National Science Foundation Station.

Andy Allan: ITV Director of Programmes who launched 'Morse' but axed

A television presenter-turned-executive who ran three different ITV companies, Andy Allan is destined to be remembered as the man who axed Crossroads, but he was also responsible for some of television's biggest successes. When Ted Childs, his controller of drama at Central Independent Television, and the producer Kenny McBain proposed a crime series based on Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse novels, with each story presented in a then unusual two-hour slot, Allan persuaded other sceptical ITV executives to accept it and the programme, starring John Thaw, ran from 1987 to 2000.

A world of opportunity

In a tough job climate, what is it about those with geography degrees that makes them so employable?

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Nudge, nudge: Eric Idle on 40 years of Monty Python

'Life of Brian' has been resurrected as something completely different: an oratorio for orchestra, 160 choristers and four of the surviving Pythons. It is, Eric Idle tells Andrew Johnson, very silly indeed

One Minute With : Michael Palin

In my work room at home in Gospel Oak, London, I see the backs of houses, 1860s brick-built on one side, and 1980s architect-designed white concrete on the other, separated by an urban jungle of green trees and shrubs.