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Stephen Fry In America: Mississippi

Airs Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Stephen Fry wears a cowboy hat as he stands next to a horse and trailer on his way across the United States.

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 spends Mardi Gras in New Orleans, where he encounters a voodoo priestess who tries to heal his recently broken arm, and views the devastation caused in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. He also stops to chat with actor Morgan Freeman about the Delta blues, before following the Mississippi River through Iowa and Chicago, resting in Wisconsin to master the knack of milking sheep.

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Video Excerpt: Stephen Fry and Morgan Freeman

Above: Stephen Fry and Morgan Freeman hang out at Morgan's blues club during Stephen's 2000 mile journey up the Mississippi.

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