Everyone's favourite Python Michael Palin brings his new show to Yorkshire stage
Both named by President George Bush as being part of the Axis of Evil. Using photos and film shot at the time, he will tell the story of his challenging adventures in the tightly- controlled time bomb that is the People's Republic of North Kore, and the bruised land of Iraq, once the home of civilisation, torn apart over the past 30 years by war.
These two countries are often portrayed as international pariahs, and two of the last places you'd want to visit, but for Michael, the best part of travelling is looking behind the headlines and getting to know what life is really like for the people who live there.
Michael Palin said: "We shouldn't forget that we share a common humanity with the people of North Korea and Iraq and in both these tough and difficult countries we found, as you will see, humour and hope, ambition, expectation, warmth, hospitality and extraordinary resilience.
"These journeys were for me a total eye-opener. 'From North Korea Into Iraq' may take you out of your comfort zone but I hope, like me, that once we've travelled together, your feelings about these two countries, and the wider world we share, will never be quite the same again."
This tour follows his new Channel 5 series, Michael Palin: Into Iraq, produced by ITN Productions which launches in the autumn.
It will also be accompanied by Michael's new book, 'Into Iraq', published by Hutchinson Heinemann on September 15.