Skip to Main Content
Skip to Main Navigation
Skip to Footer
Sign in / Register
TV On Demand
Film on TV
Film On Demand
Radio On Demand
Brazil with Michael Palin
E2 of 4
Series 1 - Episode 2
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Pinterest
Share on Google Plus
Share on WhatsApp
Email to a friend
Palin skims the roof of the rainforest as he flies deep into the heart of Brazil to Amazonia. He’s lavishly welcomed by the Yanomami tribe, who show him how to use a bow and arrow before laughing openly at his ham-fisted attempts.
It’s another packed leg of a busy journey where Palin has some fun,
but he also listens solemnly as the Yanomami’s shaman/spokesman describes the various threats to the tribe’s hunter-gatherer way of life. It’s a sad litany of illegal gold-mining, poisoning and the introduction
of potentially deadly western illnesses such as measles. The Brazilian government is doing its best to keep the Yanomami healthy, with regular medical checks, but Palin feels that life changes are being forced upon the tribe, when “surely the choices should be theirs”.
Later, in a market in Brasilia, he is offered a herbal version of Viagra
(“I think I’m past that now”) and meets a singer known as “the Beyoncé of the Amazon”.
The Monty Python star continues his first visit to Brazil by travelling by river from the northern border with Venezuela to the capital of Brasilia. Along the way he visits indigenous tribe the Yanomami, learning about the threat to their hunter-gatherer way of life, before watching a rehearsal by the Amazon Philharmonic Orchestra and searching for the remains of Henry Ford's unsuccessful attempt to build a vast rubber plantation in the middle of the rainforest. In Belem, music producer Priscilla explains why Amazonian women are such powerful forces, then he moves southwards, meeting rock star and political activist Dinho Ouro Preto, who believes that despite its social and environmental problems, the country is on the brink of becoming a superpower.
Cast & Crew
John Paul Davidson
John Paul Davidson
Full Episode Guide
Brazil with Michael Palin - photo preview
Check out pictures of the former Monty Python star exploring Brazil's stunning landscape, starting tonight at 9pm on BBC1
Michael Palin on Brazil, sex, slaves and convincing the BBC to make his shows
This sneak peek at Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency season 2 is as weird as you'd expect
The Love Island finale will feature its very own prom night
Has Michelle been kidnapped in new Coronation Street trailer?
Star Wars’ cutest new alien has a name and a backstory