Michael Palin is well-known in Britain for his work with the Monty Python troupe, but he has also become known as a world traveller bringing to the homes of his British audience stunning landscapes and adventure.
This year of 2012, he and his BBC crew decided to dedicate a whole series to Brazil.
The series is divided into four episodes covering the four regions of this continental South American country. Palin starts his trip like the Portuguese colonizers when they first hit the Brazilian shores in the XVI century. He follows their steps going south; area of the country that saw mass immigration from European and Asian countries as Italy, Germany and Japan to name a few.
Without a doubt, Palin is a charismatic and willing traveller, ready to have a go at everything and experience all flavours. He shows without preconceptions how the country should be admired and the many lessons to be learned from its hard-working people.
However comprehensive the coverage Palin and the BBC production brought to this documentary series, more efforts should have gone into finding better guides for Palin; if it was not for their poor English it was for their misinformation. Carolina Ferraz, a famous Brazilian actress emphasised that Brazil is "a very poor country" when Palin himself repeated many times during the series that Brazil is a new superpower with an economy that already overcomes Britain.
Nevertheless, Brazil with Michael Palin brings a brilliant coverage of Brazil. As always, Palin is the perfect guide to bring us images and stories to marvel us.