Michael Palin to guest edit Radio 4 Today programme with Monty Python co-star John Cleese

The pair are part of the current affairs show's festive line-up, which also includes Sir Tim Berners Lee and PJ Harvey

They announced yesterday that they’re joining forces for a new stage show, but Monty Python co-stars Michael Palin and John Cleese are to enjoy an early reunion on Radio 4’s Today show this Christmas. 


Palin has been announced as one of the programme’s guest editors over the festive period and will be joined by his fellow Python to discuss the famous interview in which they defended their film The Life of Brian against criticism from the Church of England. 

During his programme Palin will also bring together a group of the world’s most respected travel writers to address their role in an increasingly well-charted world, before travelling to Ethiopia to question whether small farmers hold the key to success in developing countries. 

The remaining four guest editors manning the Today show between 26 and 31 December include inventor of the internet Sir Tim Berners Lee, musician PJ Harvey, former MI5 Director General Eliza Manningham Buller and Antony Jenkins, the Group Chief Executive of Barclay’s.

The programmes will look at a wide range of issues, with Harvey showcasing many of her influences and Berners Lee considering how the internet might develop in the coming decades. 

As has become the tradition, the guest editors will take responsibility for around half of the programme’s output, with the support of Today producers and reporters. Previous public figures taking the reins have included Professor Stephen Hawking, Yoko Ono, David Hockney, Sir Richard Branson and PD James.