Michael Palin writing in his diary
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Michael Palin: My diaries are 'an antidote to hindsight'

Monty Python star Michael Palin has explained how his diaries, the third selection of which are about to be published, are "an antidote to hindsight".

Speaking on the Today programme, he also paid tribute to the late Joan Rivers, saying "she was a great comedienne. I just think the way the laughs came with her. You didn't have to think about it. It just hit you.

"Her delivery was so hard, so strong, it was like being mugged with laughter."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 5 September.