Comedian, actor and presenter Billy Connolly is to travel all the way across mainland USA by train in a new three part series for ITV.
Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America sees the funnyman aim to circumnavigate all four corners of the United States on America’s rail network. In 2011, Billy Connolly covered the two and half thousand miles that make up the famous Route 66 for ITV’s Billy Connolly’s Route 66. Now, he has set his sights on 28 states and 8,000 miles of cities, coast, mountains, desert and swamp. Rich in the romance of the American dream, this is a travelogue in the tracks of the pioneers who built a nation.
“Billy’s infectious joy at discovering new experiences and meeting new people makes every journey he does with us an exceptional ride. And his passion for seeking out the spirit of the US in all its richly varied forms makes him the perfect guide to take us on this iconic trip.” – Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual, ITV
Starting and finishing in New York this three part series will see Billy head into the vast and astonishing landscapes that make up America’s backyard. Here Billy will meet a truly remarkable cast of people who capture the irresistible spirit of America and he will regale us with tales of his favourite kinds of people: outlaws, singers, fighters and dreamers. From the Bad Lands of North Dakota, into the arid beauty of the Arizona desert, past the peaks of the Smokey Mountains, skirting the lazy swamplands of Louisiana – this is a big sky country full of places and people we rarely see but Billy cant wait to visit.