You’ve seen him in Monty Python programs and films, A Fish Called Wanda, Time Bandits and Brazil, but no one has seen him in a new dramatic role in more than 20 years. Michael Palin, the 74-year-old comedic writer and actor stars as retiree Tom Parfitt in the ghostly thriller Remember Me, a 2014 British production now airing in three parts on PBS. Palin hasn’t been absent from the public eye, however. Since 1989 he’s hosted travel programs on BBC and memorialized his journeys in books. You can see just how busy he keeps himself traveling and writing on Palin’s official website. If you share his travel bug, PBS has plenty of adventure programs this summer.
Lest anyone had forgotten about him, The New York Times interviewed Palin in advance of the PBS premiere of Remember Me, which airs Sundays, July 17-30 at 10pm on PBS.
Episode 1 (Premieres July 16, 2017)
At the age of “eighty-odd,” Tom Parfitt sits alone in his terraced house in the otherwise entirely Asian community of a small Yorkshire town, and remembers a strange drowned figure washed up on a beach. Tom carefully fakes a fall, to trick his social worker into taking him into residential care. Episode One is streaming now.
Episode 2 (Premieres July 23, 2017)
When care assistant Hannah Ward visits the strange old man Tom Parfitt in the hospital, she is shocked to learn that he has escaped. When she decides to investigate, Hannah is plunged into the same nightmare world that haunts her dreams.
Episode 3 (Premieres July 30, 2017)
Care assistant Hannah calls on detective Rob to help find Tom Parfitt. They learn that Tom has been sighted at a nearby caravan park. When they find him, Tom is battered and bruised. His caravan is destroyed, much like his room in the retirement home – windows blown out and the interior drenched.