Stephen Fry in America
British Comedian and
Writer Stephen Fry takes on the United States of America in this
delightfully entertaining documentary series that looks at this amazing
country in a way that only Fry could master.
From his middle class
background, Fry takes the viewer on a thoroughly interesting journey
through not only the popular destination of America but also some other
places off the beating track that features a touch of social commentary.
Featuring six episodes
from the documentary series, it begins with some strange tales of
Witchcraft to gay black Republicans and the money making machines called
Casinos. This episode entitled "New World" highlights some of the
strangeness of the United States and of course highlights the
differences between Merry old England and this country, of course with a
healthy dose of humour.
Following the "New
World", Fry enters the "Deep South" as he becomes a miner, visits a body
farm and even goes on a balloon flight through the wondrous countryside.
He moves onto the "Mississippi" where he highlights the colourful Mardi
Gras to the boppy world of the Blues. In the "Mountains and Plains", Fry
meets Ted Turner and even gets involved in a Kid's Rodeo.
Next up, Fry moves to
the "True West" of cowboys, madams and a working girl which proves quite
insightful. The best part of this series is that Fry highlights not only
the strange and colourful characters of the United States but also the
amazing countryside which is extremely diverse.
The final episode in the
series is entitled "Pacific" has Fry in San Francisco as he speaks with
the designer of the iPod, get an insight into Big Foot and finally
ending up in Hawaii.
As you can see that the
documentary is quite varied and diverse and as the series was filmed
with a digital handheld camera, it almost gives the series a unique
"family" Holiday experience which is quite endearing.
Needless to say, the
quality of the video and audio is quite acceptable for this series and
is matched with some interesting featurettes of Fry's American
experience. In conclusion, Stephen Fry in America is a documentary
series with heart and intelligence and is the perfect compendium for
those wishing to see the real America.
1. New World
2. Deep South
4. Mountains and Plains
5. True West