Sting and Stephen Fry... October 12, 9pm BBC1
Britain's best-loved comic genius Stephen Fry turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his black taxicab. Stephen Fry has always loved America, in fact he came very close to being born there. Here, his fascination for the country and its people sees him embarking on an epic journey across America, visiting each of its 50 states to discover how such a huge diversity of people, cultures, languages, beliefs and landscapes combine to create such a remarkable nation. Starting on the eastern seaboard, Stephen zig-zags across the country in his London taxicab, talking to its hospitable citizens, listening to its music, visiting its landmarks, viewing small-town life and America's breath-taking landscapes - following wherever his curiosity leads him. Stephen meets a collection of remarkable individuals - American icons and unsung local heroes alike.
Stephen starts his epic journey on the east coast and zig-zags across America, stopping in every state from Maine to Hawaii. En route he discovers the South Side of Chicago with blues legend Buddy Guy, catches up with Morgan Freeman in Mississippi, strides around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch, marches with Zulus in New Orleans' Mardi Gras, and drums with the Sioux Nation in South Dakota; joins a Georgia family for thanksgiving, 'picks' with Bluegrass hillbillies, and finds himself in a Tennessee garden full of dead bodies. Whether in a club for failed gangsters (yes, those are real bullet holes) or celebrating Halloween in Salem (is there anywhere better?), Stephen is welcomed by the people of America - mayors, sheriffs, newspaper editors, park rangers, teachers and hobos, bringing to life the oddities and splendours of each locale. A celebration of the magnificent and the eccentric, the beautiful and the strange, Stephen Fry in America is an homage to this extraordinary country.
In the first episode Fry explores New England, before heading south to the nation's capital and ending up at the civil war battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. He meets Presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire, witches in Salem, nuclear submariners in Connecticut, deer hunters, mobsters in New York City and lobster fishermen in Maine.
Along the way he also takes Police frontman Sting for a ride in the back of his cab to see what an Englishman makes of New York (you can only guess what song may be played in the background during these scenes...)
, stops at the Ben and Jerry ice-cream factory to mix his own flavour called "Even Stephens" and meets James Whales, founder of one of Fry's favourite websites - Wikipedia.
The first episode of 'Stephen Fry in America' screens in the UK on Sunday, October 12 at 9pm on BBC1.