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Stephen Fry In America

Thursdays at 9.40pm

Show Synopsis

Stephen Fry In America is a six-part documentary series in which he travel across America, visiting each state, hearing its song, visiting its landmarks and distinctive sites, looking at its unique and quaint laws, talking to its citizens and discovering the true natures of the 50 individual parts that make up the whole.

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“Stephen Fry In America is a six-part documentary series in which I travel across America, visiting each state, hearing its song, visiting its landmarks and distinctive sites, looking at its unique and quaint laws, talking to its citizens and discovering the true natures of the 50 individual parts that make up the whole.

To be shown the ‘real America’ by the proud and almost always hospitable and courteous representatives of the states – its citizens – is to undergo a different experience from the traditional set-ups which only confirm our easy prejudices about rednecks, religious extremists and spaced-out wackos.

I zig-zag around the country in my London taxi, seeing the sights and encountering the magnificent and the eccentric, the beautiful and the strange. I take in the small town life of Independence Day celebrations in the Deep South, the US elections, pageants and swimming with sharks.

From Minnesota in winter, where all life takes place underground, to Death Valley, the Badlands, bayous, boondocks and southern plantation houses; each state contains something marvellous and particular to its people, landscape and urban environments.

Warmth, humour, friendliness, landscape and delight are the hallmarks of this project, rather than cynicism or superiority. Oddities and alien attitudes were met along the way, but were accepted and allowed to stand for themselves rather than mocked and scorned.

I hope I have truly untied the states to reveal a ‘real America’ which the news and sensational docudramas tend to overlook.” — Stephen Fry

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