Deceased parrots are likely to play a major role when Michael Palin takes to the stage at an upcoming BAFTA event in London that was announced Tuesday.
The BAFTA-winning Monty Python star will be the subject of the second BAFTA “A Life in Television” celebration, looking back at a career that began in the 1960s as a writer for David Frost’s The Frost Report, moved on to the now-legendary Monty Python’s Flying Circus and later led him to host of travel documentaries for the BBC. Palin has most recently been seen in the BBC drama Remember Me, and last year he and the remaining Pythons reformed for a series of sold-out live performances.
“From Monty Python to Ripping Yarns to GBH to Around the World in 80 Days and beyond, Michael Palin has been a comedian, a writer, an actor and a factual presenter and has excelled at every one of them. We’re excited to celebrate his remarkable career at this second event in our new ‘BAFTA: A Life in Television’ strand,” said BAFTA Television Committee chair Andrew Newman.
The first such event featured a fellow BAFTA winner, Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia star Julie Walters, who will soon be appearing in Channel 4’s lavish drama Indian Summers, set during 1930s British colonial rule in a Himalayan hill station.
“A Life in Television with Michael Palin” is set to take place at BAFTA’s London headquarters on March 17.