Stephen Fry In America: The New World
Airs Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, January 11, 2010
In the new six-part documentary series, "Stephen Fry in America," legendary British comedian Stephen Fry visits each American 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.
The accomplished actor Fry is best known to American audiences from his classic Britcoms "Jeeves & Wooster" (starring opposite Hugh Laurie) and "Blackadder" as well as appearances in films like "V for Vendetta" and the television show "Bones." Fry was also very nearly an American. Just before Stephen was born, his British father was offered a job at Princeton University, but chose to turn it down. And so, Stephen was born in London — but he's always been fascinated by the land that might have been his home. "Stephen Fry in America" is an intriguing look at an outsider's journey across the United States.
In this episode: Stephen hires a London-style taxi and sets out to visit all 50 of America's states, beginning with those that make up New England. In Maine he learns about lobstering and in New Hampshire he catches up with the Romney campaign for President. In Vermont he helps develop a new ice cream flavor at Ben & Jerry's and he attends a tea party at Harvard University. Stephen visits the other New England states as well as New York and New Jersey before traveling to the nation's capital Washington DC.