Michael Palin returns to acting after 22 years

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 July 2013
Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Micheal Palin is set to star in a World War One drama 'The Wipers Times' after a 22 year break from the small screen

Michael Palin has returned to the small screen for the first time in 22 years.

The 70-year-old actor has landed the lead role in the BBC Two drama 'The Wipers Times', which is set in the battlefields of World War One and is based on the true story of a satirical newspaper that was produced by soldiers in the trenches.

The 'Monty Python' legend - who is best known for his travel documentaries - will play alongside Ben Chaplin, 'Green Wing' star Julian Rhind-Tut and 'Silent Witness' actress Emilia Fox in the series written by 'Private Eye' editor Ian Hislop and cartoonist Nick Newman.

Michael took on his last TV role in 1991 when he starred in 'GBH' as a school headmaster being intimidated by a newly elected City Council leader, and previously referred to the role as one of the highlights of his career.

'The Wipers Times' was described as "a story of the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity by the BBC.

Janice Hadlow, controller of BBC Two, said: "Just like the original Wipers Times, this new history drama will be filled with jokes, spoofs and amazing examples of courage behind the laughs.

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