Michael Palin ’emotional’ reunited with Ukrainian he first met 30 years ago

Sir Michael Palin has been reunited with a Ukrainian man whom he first interviewed on one of his travel shows 30 years ago.

star Monty Python first met writer and filmmaker Vadim Castelli while traveling through Ukraine in the early 90s.

At the time, the comedian turned travel writing was trying to travel from the south pole to the north pole while covering as much land as possible. His experiences during the journey would later translate into the 1992 television show Pole to Pole.

He then met with Castelli 15 years ago when they discussed his vision for Ukraine for the next 15 years.


Vadim Castelli shares his hopes for what Ukraine would have looked like today 15 years ago (James Manning/PA)

“Ukraine, at the time, should have been much more sovereign,” Mr.

“It should be much more independent and much more prosperous. Hopefully, it will be a real part of the European family.”

The pair reunited on the BBC’s Sunday Morning program after the program’s researchers tracked Mr Castelli back to his home on the outskirts of Kyiv.

“I feel very emotional,” said Sir Michael.

“I’m so sorry, so sorry for the terrible situation and my heart goes out to you and your family, and everyone around you in Ukraine.”

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Sir Michael told Mr Castelli he was “delighted” to speak to him.

He said: “Well, these are terrible circumstances and I am happy to talk to you.

“We talked in good times and it is great that we can talk again in bad times, because there has to be some communication between us, between countries, between countries. pro-Ukraine, very important.

“I think the worst that can happen is that communications end and the Russian side blocks all our ability to talk to you and your people.”

The couple talked about what the UK and its allies can do for Ukraine.


Michael Palin famous as part of Monty Python (PA)

Mr. Castelli said that asking the West to create a “no-fly zone” or immediately stop buying gas and oil from Russia is “future”.

However, he said that Ukraine can continue to ask the West for weapons.

“What we can hope for now is more weapons so we can continue to resist,” he said.

He said that he could leave Ukraine if he wanted to because he was over 60 and healthy enough to enlist.

“I am 64 years old,” he said.

“Legally, nothing can stop me and I can try to leave the country. It’s not an easy road logistically but I do it, I can get a wife.

“I don’t want to, at least not now, because I feel the reason why Putin can’t take over Ukraine in two or three days as everyone predicts is because nobody in Russia expects the Ukrainians to take over Ukraine. against with such heroism, and I just need to become a part of my nation.”

He told Sir Michael: “Thank you very much Michael, nice to meet you. Did I tell you you haven’t changed since I last saw you? ”

Sir Michael replied that he had “aged a bit” since their last meeting. “It’s on my birth certificate.”

He added that he found it “inspiring” to hear back from Mr Castelli.

“It was great to meet you, and I feel your strength there, that is very important,” said Sir Michael.

“Obviously you don’t look defeated, you don’t give up – despite the dire circumstances and that’s pretty inspirational. I know that we will talk back and forth.”

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