Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The peripatetic Michael Palin, former Monty Pythonite and renowned globetrotter, presided over this four-part cable TV travelogue. Starting off at Gilbraltar, Palin began an arduous journey through the Sahara Desert, somehow keeping his wits and sense of humor as the merciless sun bore down. The tenor of the series can be summed up in the episode titles: "A Line in the Sand," "Destination Timbuktu," "Absolute Delight," and "Dire Straights." Its TV release coinciding with the publication of a book about the star's dessert odyssey, Michael Palin's Travels: Sahara made its American cable bow over the Bravo network on April 6, 2003.