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Himalaya with Michael Palin Previous Broadcasts

Passage By India (Episode #102Z)

KQED 9: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 -- 8:00 PM

Encountering new extremes of wealth and poverty, altitude and freezing cold, the ex-Python brings his unique brand of wit and wisdom with him as he travels across the roof of the world. Traveling through this awe-inspiring scenery, including rich flora and fauna and dizzying switchback mountain roads, Michael visits the region's cities and makes detours to places - and people - of special interest. From the historic Khyber Pass, Michael goes to Peshawar by steam train and walks the streets of Darra to the rattle of AK 47s. He crosses into India, passing through troubled Kashmir, and visits Dharamsala for an audience with the Dalai Lama. In Nepal, Michael witnesses the trials of the Gurkha recruitment, before trekking to Tibet to witness Everest's Death Zone first-hand. After experiencing Lhasa, he heads to the nomads' annual horse festival, then through Yunan to Assam and on to Bhutan, where he is entertained by members of the royal family. Michael's epic journey ends in Bangladesh, where the great rivers of the Himalaya disgorge into the Bay of Bengal, just in time for the monsoon.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 -- 2:00 AM

North By Northwest (Episode #101)

KQED 9: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 -- 8:00 PM

Beginning at the Khyber Pass, Michael Palin takes the Khyber steam railway through the North-West Frontier Province, home of the Pathan people, a fierce race who live by the philosophy of hospitality and revenge. In Peshawar, Palin sees a street dentist (where fillings cost 50p) and visits Prince Malik Atar at his stately home. Palin then moves north over the Lowari pass (which is closed for half of the year), through the valleys of the Kalash people, a tiny island of unbelievers in the great sea of Islam, and into Chitral, the Pakistani buffer-state lying alongside Afghanistan. Here, he learns that Chitral is the birthplace of free-style polo and that the annual fixture against arch-rival Gilgit is only days away.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Jun 23, 2011 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 22, 2011 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 22, 2011 -- 2:00 AM
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