STEPHEN FRY becomes our favourite tour guide once again when his brand new four-part television series Stephen Fry In Central America starts tonight, Thursday 27th August, at 9pm on ITV.
It’s been seven years since STEPHEN embarked on an epic journey to each of the USA’s fifty states for the BBC’s Stephen Fry In America series. This time, as the title suggests, he is sampling the delights available just south of the border, most of which he has never seen before.
Hot air balloons, zip wires, piñata-smashing and swimming with manatees are all in store for STEPHEN as he sets out for the trip of a lifetime. Beginning in Mexico, the journey takes him through the entire Central American isthmus to the Panamanian border with South America. As ever, STEPHEN proves a warm, intrepid and insightful tour guide as he travels from place to place in a yellow American school bus, visiting countries such as Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Starting in Mexico for tonight’s opening episode, STEPHEN visits the pyramids in the ancient city of Teotihuacán, takes part in a soap opera in Mexico City, learns of the magical migration of the monarch butterfly on the Pacific coast and the courage of cliff divers in Acapulco, takes a trip to Chihuahua and learns about the darker side of the country when he witnesses an emotional demonstration sparked by the ongoing drug wars, which most recently saw 43 students disappear.
“Overall it was a terrific experience, it really was amazing,” claims STEPHEN. “It was full of colour and variety and astonishment. I hope if this series does one thing, it might make people think, ‘Let’s go to Guatemala for our holidays,’ Or ‘Let’s go to Costa Rica for our holidays’ – instead of to the obvious places.”
Tune in tonight at 9pm – don’t miss it!