Channel 5 will be airing Michael Palin in North Korea tonight (Thursday, September 20) at 9pm.
There will be two episodes of the travelogue which will chart the Monty Python comedian’s 13 days in the closed nation.
The Monty Python star, 75, can be seen visiting a number of locations in the capital Pyongyang and speaking to citizens of the regime.
The documentary took three years to make as Channel 5 tried to find the right time to go to the nation but also dealing with all the administrative obstacles of trying to make such a programme in the nation.
Speaking to media including Express.co.uk, Palin said: “The process was that I was approached by ITN and channel 5 and asked if I’d like to do a film about North Korea. I said I’d love to but when was the time going to be right? This was the big question.
“Up until the beginning of this year, the time just wasn’t right. Things were getting very belligerent, people were calling each other names, the chance of nuclear missiles being lobbed about. We couldn’t risk it.
“It’s hard to underestimate how bad things were during that time.”
However, there was an easing of tensions this year between North Korea and the West with US President Donald Trump visiting the country.
On top of that, the relationship between the North and South of Korea is been the best in its history with the leaders meeting on several occasions.
Palin went on to say: “It turned out that I was just at the end of a project I was doing, a book that I was writing, three weeks clear.
“It all fitted in and it hit this time. As I say, there was a time in the atmosphere between North Korea and the rest of the world. So that happened.
“I was on board throughout. I was never for moment like, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ During the bad year, there was a time when I thought it would be foolish.”
He added: “Quite uncharacteristically, my dear wife said, ‘I don’t really want you to do this.’
“Normally she’s very keen for me to go on long journeys, so that’s an indication of how worrying it was and how for a long time we thought it would honestly never happen.”
But who is Michael Palin’s wife?
Who is Michael Palin’s wife?
Michael Palin is married to Helen Gibbins with the couple tying the knot back in 1966.
The couple has three children together: two sons Tom and William and daughter Rachel.
Gibbins is a former teacher, who has become a bereavement counsellor.
The couple first met in 1959 when they were both teenagers and a 15-year-old Palin was on a holiday in Southwold with his parents.
Despite living in Sheffield and Gibbins being in Cambridge, the teen lovers continued their romance via letters.
Speaking to the Telegraph in 2015 about the key to his marriage, Palin said: “What is the really important thing in a relationship, what is the main thing? Sex, or going to the theatre, or having lots of friends, or whatever? None of that matters.
“There’s something underneath that works, that you’re happy to be with somebody for an awful lot of the time.”
He went on to explain: “The more time you spend together, the more things you have to share, the less likely it is that you want to throw all that away.”
Michael Palin in North Korea starts on Channel 5 tonight at 9pm
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