I missed the first episode of Stephen Fry in America (9pm on Sunday, BBC 1) so joined him for the second of this six-part series where he was travelling in his trademark black London taxi around America’s deep south.
I wish in some ways I had some intelligent, insightful things to say about this – but I couldn’t possibly compete with the erudition of Stephen himself, so I won’t. I will only say, that after getting a “burr” (aka short back and sides) in Kentucky he looked like, well, Tony Blackburn as far as I could tell. Which distracted me hugely for the rest of the programme. (He hadn’t had his haircut in the pic above, hence the avuncular whiskery appearance in front of the whiskey.)
Of course I enjoyed it in a “Sunday night, haven’t really got anything better to do” kind of way. I love Fry like the rest of the nation and he made a masterful point about the enormous scale of an amateur American football match between two colleges. He said the pomp and circumstance of the game summed up all that the US is to the rest of the world – laughable, impressive, ridiculous, wonderful, etc. How right you are, Stephen. Long may you travel and send us back your video missives to amuse and entertain us of a Sunday eve. I gather from his Dork Talk column in the Grauniad that he’s off again soon. The Guardian certainly isn’t getting very good value out of him as a columnist. Feels like he’s only just returned to Dork Talk after months off with a broken arm.