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Palin reluctant to make travel show

Michael Palin has admitted he doesn't want to give up another two years of his time to make a new travel series, because he wants to enjoy being with his family.

The Monty Python star is known for his TV travelogues such as Around The World In 80 Days and Himalaya, but said that he didn't feel keen to make another series in a far-flung place and was happier in shorter projects such as his new three-part drama Remember Me.

He explained: "I don't know whether I could give up two years of my life now. I'd rather be light on my feet doing things like Remember Me, or an arts documentary one-off, rather than commit to two years of being away.

"I've got two grandsons now and they're great, and I don't want to say things like, 'I can't see you because I've got to do this, that or the other'. Maybe when they grow up a bit [I'll do another series]... I'd love to take them travelling."

But Michael added that it didn't mean he was considering retiring any time soon.

He said: "I don't know what I'd retire from. I really don't know what I'd do - I'm still trying to work out what I do! I do a bit of acting, a bit of writing... I can't imagine what retirement would mean. Not writing, not acting? I'll carry on until I drop."

:: Remember Me starts on BBC One tonight (November 23).

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