Pole to Pole

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  • 1992
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (1,410)

Pole to Pole is a fascinating travel documentary hosted by Michael Palin and produced by the BBC, which first premiered in 1992. The show follows Palin on a journey that takes him from the North Pole to the South Pole, spanning a distance of more than 17,000 miles.

Palin begins his journey at the North Pole, where he experiences the stark beauty of the icy Arctic landscapes. From there, he travels through Russia, Mongolia, China, and Tibet, encountering a fascinating array of cultures, traditions, and landscapes along the way. Along the journey, he talks to locals, eats traditional food, and participates in local customs and festivals.

As he travels deeper into Asia, Palin encounter a series of challenges, including crossing the Gobi Desert by camel and trekking across the Himalayas, while also exploring the political and cultural complexities of the region. The journey takes him through the bustling cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and he explores the diverse cultures and traditions of China, including opera, martial arts, and the tea ceremony.

As the journey continues, Palin crosses the equator and enters the southern hemisphere, traveling through Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and finally, Antarctica. Along the way, he explores the diverse wildlife and natural landscapes of the African savannah, including witnessing the great migration of wildebeest and zebras, and encounters locals who share their stories and traditions with him.

Upon reaching the southernmost tip of the world, Palin embarks on a journey deep into the heart of the Antarctic continent, braving extreme weather conditions and encountering unique wildlife such as penguins, whales, and seals.

Throughout his travels, Palin offers insightful and often humorous commentary on the people, cultures, and traditions he encounters, as well as the challenges he faces along the way. In addition to showcasing the diverse beauty and challenges of the world, the show offers insight into the cultural and political complexities of different regions, providing a window into the broader world beyond our own.

Pole to Pole was a remarkable achievement in travel documentary filmmaking, and it earned critical acclaim for its stunning visuals, captivating storytelling, and insightful commentary. The show offered a unique opportunity to experience the world through the eyes of an intrepid traveler, providing an up-close and intimate look at some of the world's most fascinating regions and cultures.

Overall, Pole to Pole is a must-see for anyone who loves travel, adventure, and exploration. It offers a unique window into the diversity and challenges of the world, highlighting the beauty and complexity of different regions and cultures, while also providing insight into the broader cultural and political context of each area.

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Seasons
Bitter End
8. Bitter End
December 9, 1992
Despite being unable to reach Antarctica via his original route, Palin is undeterred and finds an travel company to take him to the South Pole from Chile.
Evil Shadow
7. Evil Shadow
December 2, 1992
In Zambia, Palin meets a witch doctor who tells him that he has an "evil shadow" and bad things lie ahead for him.
Planes and Boats and Trains,
6. Planes and Boats and Trains,
November 25, 1992
Kenya, Palin takes a hot-air balloon ride.
Crossing the Line
5. Crossing the Line
November 18, 1992
In the old Ethiopian capital of Gondar, Palin visits the former home of Emperor Haile Selassie. Journeying on, he visits the current capital of Addis Ababa and witnesses communist symbol
Shifting Sand
4. Shifting Sand
November 11, 1992
Arriving in Sudan, Palin boards a train bound for Khartoum, the capital. He is unable to journey
Mediterranean Maze
3. Mediterranean Maze
November 4, 1992
Arriving by ferry to Istanbul, Turkey, he explores a local bazaar and a procession at Topkapi Palace.
Russian Steps
2. Russian Steps
October 28, 1992
In Leningrad, Palin witnesses a Russian Orthodox baptism ceremony, and almost gets baptised himself.
Cold Start
1. Cold Start
January 10, 1993
Palin begins at the North Pole, flying on a small airplane headed to Greenland, and then to the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.
Description
  • Premiere Date
    October 21, 1992
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (1,410)