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This review is from: Michael Palin's New Europe : Complete BBC Series [DVD] (DVD)
I was really looking forward to the series as an avowed lover of all things Eastern Europe, but the series has been well below par. The continuity is all wrong, he left Bulgaria in summer and reached Turkey by truck in winter? How long does it take to drive 200 miles? The same thing in crossing Moldova to Romainia. Also he shows so little of the country, the food,the scenery. Instead we have long interviews with people who are interesting for the first minute but then are bores. Did we need to know all about the failed Yorkshire Rock singer who is "big" in the Ukraine? Or the trafficking play in Moldova that seemed to last for over 5 minutes, we got the point after one. Palin seems to have lost his magic too and is coasting through the series without much wit or charisma.
Too much focus on central Turkey ( is that Eastern Europe?),practically nothing on PMR ( Transdniester )which is a fascinating land,I believe the series will not go to Belarus which is a shame as it is possibly Europe's least known country. I could go on as this series is such a let down compared to the other excellent work that Michael Palin has done in the field of travel programming.
Maybe it is time for Mr.Palin to pass on the baton to someone else such as the chap who did the "Holidays In The Danger Zone" series ( name forgotten ).
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2008 21:48:19 GMT
Square Peg 4 Round Hole says:
> he left Bulgaria in summer and reached Turkey by truck in winter? How long does it take to drive 200 miles?
Agree. The answer is that they're waiting for the next sunny, cloudless day. Did you ever see a real European grey sky in the whole series?
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