Sir Michael’s honour means he is the first member of the Monty Python comedy group to be knighted.
But the 75-year-old, who became a CBE in 2000 for his TV work, is being recognised for services to travel, culture and geography following his career as a writer and presenter of documentaries that have taken him all over the world, most recently to North Korea.
He said to mark his latest achievement, he may “just have a quiet celebration, just myself and a glass of Horlicks and then go to bed.”
Horlicks, you should know, is a positively ancient malted-milk drink marketed by GlaxoSmithKline as a nutritional supplement, sort of like Ovaltine if it had never left the British Isles. Weirdly, Unilever announced it was buying GSK’s line of such stuff just this fall:
Horlicks is facing a challenge, even in India. The drink is losing its star status as the “healthy” morning and after-school drink of choice pushed by Indian parents on their children. In a worst-case scenario, it could wind up with the image it has in the U.K., its home market: a sleep-inducing bedtime drink for the elderly.
Happy slumbers, Sir Michael.