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Wednesdays, May 3-10, 2000, 9:00 p.m. ET (Check local listings.)

Michael Palin turns his wandering eye to the life and locales of Ernest Hemingway. The series moves in and out of past and present to the places that meant so much to Hemingway: Chicago, his birthplace; Italy, scene of his injuries in World War I; Paris; Pamplona and the running of the bulls; his beloved Havana; Key West, where his presence is still felt today; Uganda, where he went on safari; and Ketchum, Idaho, where he died.
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Episode One (5/3, 9:00 p.m. ET)
This program goes straight to the heart of Hemingway: his passion for the Spanish way of life and its bullfighting rituals and his freedom to spend months at a time on the plains of Kenya and in the "Green Hills of Africa." Palin attends an essentially Spanish festival, the Fallas of Valencia, and goes to bullfighting school to find out what all the fuss is about. From Spain, he heads south to the Amboseli plains in Kenya, where Hemingway hunted lion and rhino. He visits a Masai village and goes out on poaching patrol with an Honorary Game Warden, a job Hemingway also did during a 1950s safari. He glimpses the snows of Kilimanjaro from the window of a plane and heads for the Green Hills.

Episode Two (5/3, 10:00 p.m. ET)
The second episode alternates between America and Europe. Palin investigates the busy streets of Chicago and the suburb of Oak Park, where the Hemingway myth began. He follows the trail from the house where Hemingway was born and his songwriting mother dressed him as a girl, to the family's summer cottage in Michigan. In Europe, he travels to the Italian Front where Hemingway was shot and badly wounded. In Paris, he drives a tank towards the Champs Elysees - and nearly gets arrested. He visits the writer's tiny first apartment, then sets out to sample the bars and brasseries, much as Hemingway did, before he ends up in the hospital after an encounter with a broken lavatory chain and a falling skylight.

Episode Three (5/10, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Palin travels to Florida's Key West to visit Hemingway's house and witness the antics of the men who fight each year to win the Hemingway Look-Alike contest. From Florida, Palin goes to Uganda, where Hemingway and his wife suffered two near-fatal crashes. Despite the obituaries, Hemingway and Mary came back to life and to Venice, where Palin shows up in time for carnival and to hear how Hemingway found a new hobby - duck shooting - which Palin tries with an epic lack of success.

Episode Four (5/10, 10:00 p.m. ET)
Palin visits Cuba, examining the charms of Havana that captivated Hemingway for 20 years. After marlin fishing and bar-hopping, he spends time with a Havana hangover. He visits with 102-year-old Gregorio Fuentes, who captained Hemingway's boat, and tours Hemingway's house, preserved as if Papa had left it that morning. Hemingway departed his beloved Cuba after Castro's communist revolution and returned to the open spaces of the American West, where Palin tries his hand at rounding up cattle ... and helping out at a Montana taxidermist's before heading, via Yellowstone Park, to Hemingway's last home in Ketchum, Idaho. Confronted with Hemingway's simple grave in the Ketchum cemetery, Palin pays his last respects to his traveling companion, describing "an odd feeling of emptiness, like a good party after the host's gone." But what a party.


Executive Producer
Anne James served as executive producer for the previous two Palin series, Full Circle with Michael Palin and Pole to Pole, for which she received a CableAce award. In 1990, she formed Prominent Television with the Python team and partner Steve Abbott. She is also co-founder of Prominent Features, the London-based company responsible for six feature films, including the Oscar-winning A Fish Called Wanda.

Executive Producer
Edward Mirzoeff has produced and directed numerous documentaries for the BBC during his more than 30 years in television. His credits include Elizabeth R, a 110-minute portrait of the Queen to celebrate her 40th anniversary on the throne and The Ritz, an award-winning look at London's exclusive luxury hotel. He also served as executive producer for Full Circle with Michael Palin.

Martha Wailes is a 13-year veteran of the television industry, having produced and directed programs for PBS, the BBC, The Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel. Her credits include Battle Alert In The Gulf, a one-hour program for PBS's NOVA series.

Series Director
David F. Turnbull has produced and directed a wide range of award-winning documentary and entertainment programs, many of which have been shown on PBS and A&E. His credits include a psychology series with Jonathan Miller and a film featuring astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.