Sir Michael Palin spills on next TV series amid travel host competition
The new series comes to Channel 5 this autumn.
Sir Michael Palin has revealed some information about his upcoming travel series, including where viewers can expect to see him next.
Palin's travel programmes are responsible for a surge called the Palin effect. This refers to areas of the world he visited that suddenly became popular tourist destinations, with one country in particular being Peru, after he visited Machu Picchu.
Speaking to Radio Times magazine, Palin revealed the next place he will be travelling to for Channel 5 this autumn, but ensured to not give too much away.
"It's in Africa," he said. "I can't tell you any more or [the producers] will ask me 'Why did you tell him that? Because now Alexander Armstrong or Jo Lumley got there first!'"
When asked if he felt if he was in competition with other TV travel presenters, he said: "Not any more. I'm much less competitive about everything now. The competition now is to stay alive, and try to be as tolerant and reasonable as I used to think I was, and see if I can do the 100 yards in under half an hour.
"Sometimes I'll have a race with my grandchildren, and that's when I realise I'm not 27 any more, I'm 80. And I get to the finish line and they've built a house in the time they've been waiting for me."
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