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Stephen Fry In America: The Deep South

Airs Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Stephen Fry flies over North Carolina in a hot-air balloon.

Credit: American Public Television

Above: Stephen Fry flies over North Carolina in a hot-air balloon.

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 continues his journey across America in a taxi to explore each state. In addition to making an uncomfortable trip underground to learn about West Virginia's coal-mining industry, he flies over North Carolina in a hot-air balloon and spends Thanksgiving in Georgia, before resting in Alabama to enjoy a college football game.

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Stephen Fry In America: The Deep South

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