Travel Show beyond the Palin? Traveller's Tales: Michael Palin in Slovakia for Last Sunday's Programme in Which He Helped Skin a Pig

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Byline: Paul Revoir

IT HAS taken a very long time but Michael Palin has finally managed toupset someone.

Actually, he has annoyed more than just someone, he has got a whole countryhopping mad.

After visiting every corner of the globe and charming locals and viewers alike,the traveller's winning ways appear to have run out in Slovakia. His latestshow has, his Slovak critics claim, made them look like beer-drinkingsimpletons who say his Slovak critics claim, made them look like beer-drinkingsimpletons who slaughter pigs.

Yesterday the Slovak embassy attacked the BBC for allegedly misrepresentingtheir proud nation.

Officials even compared the episode, entitled Journey's End, to QuentinTarantino's movie Hostel II, about U.S. students who are abducted by killers inSlovakia.

The former Monty Python star visited the country along with the Czech Republicand Germany in the last episode of Michael Palin's New Europe, screened onSunday. Critics say Slovakia was only given five minutes on the show. They werealso angry that Palin did not visit Bratislava, the capital, or dwell oncultural high points such as the biggest medieval castle in Europe.

Instead he helped skin a pig, learned how to make sausages and drank beer withvillagers high in the Tatra mountains. …