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Billy Connelly: Journey To The Edge Of The World

Scottish actor, writer and comedian Billy Connolly visits the Arctic Circle in "Journey To The Edge Of The World."
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Scottish actor, writer and comedian Billy Connolly visits the Arctic Circle in "Journey To The Edge Of The World."

Airs Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

The Northwest Passage is a fabled route that has thwarted explorers for centuries and claimed hundreds of lives. Now, for a few weeks in the summer, global warming is causing the Arctic to melt and as the ice recedes, the passage is more accessible.

In "Billy Connelly: Journey To The Edge Of The World," the engaging Scottish actor, writer and comedian embarks on a spectacular adventure as he travels from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean via the legendary sea route. No ordinary travelogue, the program features Connolly's warm and witty style and provides remarkable insights into the character and lives of the people he encounters on this often perilous trip to the edge of the world.

In this opening episode, Billy sets out on an adventure of a lifetime.

Episode two airs on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 9 p.m.

In the second part of his journey, Billy moves into bleaker and tougher terrain as he heads north to Baffin Island. He meets the Inuit communities that live there to find out what it’s like to live on the edge of the world. He samples their food, gets a seal-skin suit made and learns about the local trades and hobbies. Billy then takes in the jaw-dropping scenery as he flies by helicopter into a national park in the Arctic Circle and he goes on a stomach-churning seal hunt with an Inuit family.

Episode three airs on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 9 p.m.

On the third leg of his adventure, Billy boards a cruise ship to make the eight-day journey through the Northwest Passage meeting the many people who live in this remote, isolated part of the world which spends nine months of the year surrounded by frozen sea.

Episode four airs on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 9 p.m.

As Billy nears the end of his 10,000 mile journey he heads even further south towards Vancouver Island through the isolated White Pass Mountains which are below freezing for most of the year.

In this inspiring four-part series, the world-famous comedian Billy Connolly ("Open Season," "Mrs. Brown") turns explorer as he embarks on a rare and remote journey attempted and failed by hundreds before him through the treacherous Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

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