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Sir Michael Palin is ‘worried’ about the BBC’s future: ‘It is its own worst enemy’

Sir Michael Palin has appeared in some of the BBC’s most popular shows (Picture: BBC / Firecrest Films / Andrew Abbott)

Sir Michael Palin has spoken about the BBC, saying that he’s ‘worried’ about the broadcaster’s future.

The legendary comedian and presenter described the BBC as ‘its own worst enemy’ during an interview with Jeremy Paxman on his Lock In podcast.

Michael said: ‘I am worried about the BBC because I believe the BBC to be one of the most important institutions in the country.’

He added: ‘An institution, having travelled the world, it is usually admired wherever I go but I can see times are changing.’

When asked if the broadcaster was its own ‘worst enemy’, Michael said: ‘I think, yeah.’

As well as being one of the founder members of Monty Python, Michael is known for fronting some of the most popular shows in the broadcaster’s history.

Sir Michael said that the broadcaster is its own ‘worst enemy’ (Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Michael began a series of successful travel shows with Around The World In 80 Days in 1988, and looked back at his programmes in the retrospective BBC Two series Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime.

Reflecting on his career, the 77-year-old told Jeremy that he believes he could do more travel shows in the future.

‘I have another trip in me,’ he said.

Michael previously reminisced over his days filming his many travel series, and recalled one unfortunate encounter with a camel’s liver.

The presenter remembered the time he filmed Michael Palin: Sahara in 2002. Michael was given camel’s liver only to find that it was a few days old, which left him violently throwing up mid-way through interviewing a guerrilla leader.

Elsewhere, Michael also previously expressed his thrill at appearing on The Simpsons, even comparing the honour to going to Buckingham Palace.


Credit: Original article published here.

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