Michael Palin's concerns for BBC's future

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 April 2021
Sir Michael Palin

Sir Michael Palin

Monty Python legend Sir Michael Palin is "worried" about the future of the BBC

Sir Michael Palin has admitted he's "worried" about the BBC's future.

The Monty Python legend has claimed the broadcaster has changed and become too concerned about trying not to offend anyone.

Speaking to Jeremy Paxman on the 'Lock In' podcast, he said: "I am worried about the BBC because I believe the BBC to be one of the most important institutions in the country.

"An institution, having travelled the world, it is usually admired wherever I go but I can see times are changing.”

Asked if he thought the Beeb was its own "worst enemy", he added: "I think, yeah."

The 77-year-old star took a look back at his adventures around the world in last year's four part BBC Two series 'Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime', which saw him compare his jaunts with other famous explorers, including Joanna Lumley, Simon Reeve and Ed Balls.

Reflecting on his post-Python career, he previously said: "When I went 'Around The World In 80 Days' back in 1988, I had no idea that travel would become an addiction, and that I would spend the coming decades filming these spectacular series across the globe.

"Luckily, I kept a diary, and in this series I'm digging into my archives to revisit some of the amazing places and people I visited and asking myself – how did travel change my life?"

Meanwhile, comedian and TV presenter Michael – who underwent heart surgery two years ago after discovering an issue with his mitral valve – is determined to travel again once the coronavirus lockdown restrictions end.

He has now said: "I have another trip in me."

He previously opened up on his health after the scare, and noted: "I had heart surgery last September and was told to have rest and recuperation – then lockdown came along. I accepted it rather happily, it’s been like a huge doctor’s note."

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