Letters: Michael Palin's a wonderful ambassador for our country
His two-part series on North Korea showed him at his best.
He listened patiently to his two minders, young Koreans who kept a close eye on him.
When they made sweeping statements of how they had been brainwashed to change history, he just gave a gentle smile and a sardonic comment.
I loved it when he showed them the very silly but funny Monty Python fish slapping dance. His young companions laughed with uncharacteristic delight, the first time they were unguarded about how they were expected to behave and what to say.
It was brilliant.
The Silk Road with Joanna Lumley has also been interesting, but much of it is about the gushing presenter, a very different approach.
How refreshing, though, to watch something that does not warn us about bad language, violence, sex and scenes that we might feel disturbing!