“Brazil with Michael Palin” is a new four-part series starting this Wednesday 24th October at 9pm on BBC 1. Michael Palin has been travelling the world on-and-off for the last 25 years, documenting his travels with programmes such as “Pole to Pole” and “Around the World in 80 Days”. Despite his extensive travels, he has in fact only spent one night in Brazil, when he had to change planes on his way to Chile whilst filming “Pole to Pole”.
Brazil is South America’s biggest country with an abundance of natural resources, an emerging economic giant and, of course, host to the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Now is an exciting time for Brazil. Viewers should know a lot more about the history and culture of Brazil by the end of this series, beyond coffee, football and the Rio carnival.
Palin goes right back to the start examining how Portuguese traders landed thousands of slaves on north-eastern Brazil, triggering what has become a melting pot of cultures. The series has been split into four episodes: Rio and the mining state of Minas Gerais, the north-east, the Amazon and Brasilia, and São Paulo and the south.
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