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Sahara With Michael Palin
Michael Palin's epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. There is no easy way to do it. This is Michael Palin, explorer-adventurer, at his very best. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes and a long history of civilization, trade, commerce and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today.

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Episode #101
A Line in The Sand
There are few tracts of planet Earth that do not bear the stigmata of some cameraman's tripod. But the Sahara Desert is one. Moreover, it is a mere three hours flight from the United Kingdom. The British tend to avoid the Sahara - "sand and the French", very off-putting. But for Michael Palin, these drawbacks are stimuli, and from the comforting Britishness of Gibraltar he plans his assault on Saharan Africa - a mere 12 miles by ferry to Tangier - famous once for naughtiness, before the late King Hassan put an end to all that
1 hour, 1 minute long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt MN Channel 2.2

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Episode #102
Destination Timbuktu
Crossing the Senegal river to the old French colonial capital of St Louis, Michael leaves the desert behind and savours the delights of cosmopolitan Black Africa. He meets up with Senegal's Queen of Soap, Marie-Madeleine Yakouba. Over lunch, the topic of polygamy comes up and it is one that will resonate throughout the thousand-mile trip to Timbuktu. Marie-Madeleine will have none of it, a view shared by schoolmistress, Dhadi Ba, with whom Michael shares a carriage on the train to Bamako.
1 hour, 1 minute long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt MN Channel 2.2

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Episode #103
Absolute Desert
Michael reaches the legendary city of Timbuktu, along with a camel train carrying the giant salt blocks that made the city one of the greatest centres of Islamic learning up until the 16th Century. Michael wanders through the rubble that is 21st-century Timbuktu, to find the Imam who shows him original astronomical textbooks that pre-date Galileo's discoveries by 200 years. Leaving one of Timbuktu?s most famous addresses - the house of Alexander Laing, the Scottish explorer who had his thoat slit for not converting to Islam - Michael heads East to the land of the Wodaabe. These nomadic herders are some of the last true pastoralists of the African continent, famous as much for their male beauty pageant as their stylish cattle.
1 hour, 1 minute long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt MN Channel 2.2

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Episode #104
Dire Straits
Still attired in his Tuareg indigo howli, Michael is dropped off in a wilderness that is completely featureless, except for a short iron pillar, which marks the boundary between the Republic of Niger and the Republic of Algeria. There is one other feature, the carcass of a car abandoned in the desert, stripped of all color by wind and sand. The journey north is a via dolorosa mile-stoned by the wrecks of 2CVs and Peugeots, memorials to the people who never made it in this hellish terrain.
1 hour, 1 minute long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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