Michael Palin's New Europe

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Michael Palin's New Europe
series titles over a jigsaw map of Europe
Written by Michael Palin
Presented by Michael Palin
Theme music composer Andre Jacquemin
Dave Howman
Composer(s) Molly Nyman
Harry Escott
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7
Running time 55-60 minutes
Production company(s) Prominent Television production
Original network BBC One
Original release 16 September (2007-09-16) – 28 October 2007 (2007-10-28)
Preceded by Himalaya with Michael Palin
Followed by Brazil with Michael Palin

Michael Palin's New Europe is a travel documentary presented by Michael Palin and first aired in the UK on the BBC on 16 September 2007 and in the US on the Travel Channel on 28 January 2008.[1] Palin visits 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.[2] The filming was done in 2006 and early 2007 using HD (high definition) equipment.[3] The result was made into seven one-hour programmes for BBC One and simulcast on BBC HD. A book, New Europe, was also written describing the trip, and illustrated with photographs by Basil Pao.


The series consists of seven one-hour episodes:

Number UK title US title Countries visited
1 War and Peace Across the Iron Curtain Slovenia (briefly), Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania
2 Eastern Delight From the Rila Mountains to Cappodoccia Republic of Macedonia (briefly), Bulgaria and Turkey
3 Wild East From the Dniestr to the Danube Transnistria (briefly), Moldova and Romania
Palin celebrated Transnistrian National Day, met a Moldovan self-sufficient old woman, worked with Romanian lumberjacks, interviewed Romanian tennis player Ilie Năstase and visited Transylvania and Bucharest with its Palace of the Parliament.
4 Danube to Dnieper Hungary to Yalta Hungary and Ukraine
5 Baltic Summer The Baltic States Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast)
Palin joined in the festivities with some Neopagans.
6 From Pole to Pole Poland Poland
7 Journey's End The End of the Line Slovakia (briefly), Czech Republic and Germany (former East Germany)


  1. ^ "Michael Palin's New Europe on Travel Channel". 2008-03-06. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Rob (2007-09-09). "Michael Palin's European frontier". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 
  3. ^ Press release

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