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A wrong medium for Mr Palin
on 31 October 2012
To give a brief initial over view of the first segment and a flavour of things to come, Mr Palin begins his journey of cultural and geographical discovery of Brazil by journeying to the north east, in essence this is where modern Brazil was born. The Portuguese explorers first landed and came upon the native Brazilians and where hundreds of thousands of African slaves were brought to work on sugar and tobacco plantations. The north-east is where the initial germination area and mix of races was and cultures that culminated in what we now think of as Brazil i.e. in terms of music, food, dance, and religion all bear the imprint of this `mix'.
There are over 8 hours of audio descriptive material here, all narrated and delivered in a humorous and very charismatic way by Michael Palin. Unfortunately, there is a problem here, and that is one that cannot be corrected by audio description alone, as there is a clear need, for us to see the sights through the full visual delights that are Brazil. Here in, is the `Achilles heel' which lets down, an otherwise good production.