Would this programme be the same if done now?
I love this adventure of Michael Palin's, I have watched it many times and love it all. But a big part of what made it so special was how the world was back in the 1980s and communications were so poor back then, the difficulty of getting in touch with contacts and lack of information and knowledge of when ships or trains were departing, etc. It was almost like the olden times.
Of course technology is great and things have changed so much, but does that make the world a better place? In my opinion this programme would never be the same now, it would not be such a challenge and the 80s was a nice time, so much crap is happening around the world now. Shame.