Michael Palin in North Korea – Channel 5

Michael leaves the capital city to meet North Koreans in farming communities

As Michael Palin continues his mission to get to know the real North Korea, he tries to help out a farmer as she tends 
her crops.

He’s hoping that, while bashing the dry, rocky soil with their shovels, the 
pair can enjoy a chat about the reality of living under the regime.

But this is North Korea, where everything is different, including how you make foreign TV presenters feel at home.

‘You are unnecessary. You would be more of a burden on us, as we need people that are good at farming,’ she says. Ouch!

As well as straight-talking farmers, Michael is shown more of what his guides want him to see – mainly huge building projects and some pretty waterfalls.

TV Times rating: ****