Michael Palin's New Europe

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Michael Palin's New Europe
series titles over a jigsaw map of Europe
Written byMichael Palin
Presented byMichael Palin
Theme music composerAndre Jacquemin
Dave Howman
Composer(s)Molly Nyman
Harry Escott
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes7
Running time55-60 minutes
Production company(s)Prominent Television production
Original networkBBC One
Original release16 September (2007-09-16) –
28 October 2007 (2007-10-28)
Preceded byHimalaya with Michael Palin
Followed byBrazil 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". 6 March 2008. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  2. ^ Ryan, Rob (9 September 2007). "Michael Palin's European frontier". London: Times Online. Retrieved 16 September 2007.
  3. ^ Press release

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