Earlier this year Channel 5 viewers were treated to a real TV first, when veteran broadcaster and former Monty Python Michael Palin travelled to North Korea for an “unprecedented” series documenting life in the secretive state.
Now Channel 5 has revealed plans for a feature-length special, comprising the two original episodes along with previously unseen bonus material.
The North Korea special will air on Channel 5 this Christmas. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch.
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When is the Michael Palin in North Korea Special on TV?
The two-hour special will air on Thursday 27th December 2018 at 9pm on Channel 5.
What’s the Michael Palin in North Korea special about?
The feature-length episode brings together the full documentary which aired earlier this year on Channel 5. The series was a result of “two years of planning and… a series of complex high level negotiations,” and followed Michael Palin on his travels through North Korea.
Covering more than 1,300 miles in just over a week for the two-parter, the presenter and his team had unprecedented access to the totalitarian state, travelling from the capital Pyongyang to the snowy peaks of Mount Paektu.
“The visit was an eye-opener for me, and I’m sure it will be the same for others. In all my travels around the world I have never had the same sense of fascination and revelation as on this journey to North Korea.”
The festive special will include the two episodes and additional, previously unaired scenes.