Stephen Fry in America
is a six part BBC television series of one hour shows in which Stephen Fry travels across the United States of America. He travels, mostly in a London cab, through all 50 U.S. states and offers his unique variety of insight as well as his infectious optimism and genuine love for many things American. New World
, Deep South
], Mountains and Plains
, True West
, and Pacific
1| New World Stephen's journey begins in New England, with lobster fishermen in Downeast Maine. In New Hampshire he goes to the top of Mount Washington and attends a primary meeting hosted by Mitt Romney, and in Vermont he is invited to create his own Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavour. He visits deer hunters in the Adirondacks, Wiccans in Salem, and attends a tea party with Harvard professor Peter Gomes. Fry visits stately homes in Rhode Island and moves on to New York City, meeting cabbies, goodfellas, and Sting; before moving on to the nation's capital where he interviews Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and a member of the Capitol Steps.
He visits Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C..
(12 October 2008) Bonus article in the Telegraph by Fry
2| Deep South Stephen Fry tries to find out what makes the South so distinctive. He begins by crossing the Mason-Dixon Line, and tours a coal mine in West Virginia, watches horse trading and bourbon brewing in Kentucky, visits a body farm in Tennessee, rides in a hot-air balloon in the Great Smoky Mountains, attends a Southern-style Thanksgiving Dinner, tolerates Miami, and attends a massive college football game in Alabama.
He visits Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
(19 October 2008)
] A 2000 mile journey up the Mississippi River begins in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, followed by a visit to Morgan Freeman's blues club in Mississippi. He hitches a canoe up the river to Arkansas, visits hoboes in St. Louis, and after a detour to Detroit, explores Chicago and its place as a center for blues and comedy. He finishes the journey with a goat cheese farm in Wisconsin and Hmong immigrants and ice fishing in Minnesota.
He visits Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
(26 October 2008)
4| Mountains and Plains National security becomes a recurring theme as Stephen visits Border patrol agents in Montana, a former missile silo in Kansas, and an INS patrol in El Paso. He also sees the Continental Divide, the German American community in North Dakota, Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument, the Lakota people, a major truck stop on Interstate 80, Aspen and Salvation Army work in Oklahoma.
He visits Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas.
(2 November 2008)
5| True West Stephen explores the ancient city of Santa Fe, sees the cutting edge of scientific research in Los Alamos, eats frybread with Navajos in Monument Valley, and hitches a ride with a B-17 Flying Fortress to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. He sees a wild west show in Tucson, takes a houseboat around Lake Powell, takes part in a team-building exercise in Las Vegas, and sees another legacy of the wild west at the Mustang Ranch before arriving at the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
He visits New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
(9 November 2008)
6| Pacific Stephen begins in San Francisco, exploring its Chinatown and meeting Apple executive Jonathan Ive. He takes a ride with the Mendocino County sheriff, meets students at Humboldt State University, explores the forests of Oregon with activists and Bigfoot believers, and reaches the end of the Contiguous United States at a cabaret in Seattle. In Alaska, Stephen encounters fishermen and Inupiat whalers. Finally he goes to Hawaii, where he swims with sharks, meets a real-life Magnum, P.I., attends an authentic luau and finishes his journey at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
He visits California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.
(16 November 2008)