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Five things we think you'll like this week, including Julie Andrews's self-guided tour of 'Home,' autobiography, travel host Michael Palin's new adventures with vampires, and justified hulu.com hoopla.

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Amazing Amazon

Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of Jacques) retraces a trip he took with his father 25 years ago in PBS's two-part Return to the Amazon (April 2 and 9). With gorgeous photography and scientific precision, Cousteau sounds the alarm about the destruction of the planet's most important forest.

The full ex-Monty

Michael Palin is England's answer to Rick Steves. Except that the Monty Python comedian is more interested in cultural insights than seeing the sights – though the scenery is unfailingly gorgeous – as he explores former Soviet satellite countries in the New Europe. On the DVD, Palin chats with land-mine excavators in Bosnia, survives vampiric tourist traps in Transylvania, and drives a tank in the former East Germany.

Hulu hoopla

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