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Chan­nel 7, Sun­day, 7.30pm ★★★★ There have been plenty of pre­tenders and copy­cats, but Billy Con­nolly is the master of this for­mat. He’s trav­elled New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Scot­land, Eng­land, Ire­land and Wales, each time de­liv­er­ing a mix of fas­ci­nat­ing in­sights and hu­mour. In this se­ries he’s trav­el­ling from Chicago to Los An­ge­les, along the fa­mous Route 66. Start­ing his jour­ney in Chicago, Con­nolly im­me­di­ately set­tles back into that easy man­ner that en­ables him to be in­for­ma­tive and funny. When de­scrib­ing what used to be his favourite cor­ner of the city he ex­claims, ‘‘Un­til that bug­ger spoiled it’’, in ref­er­ence to Don­ald Trump. As the cam­era pans across a stun­ning piece of ar­chi­tec­ture and stops on a mod­ern sky­scraper, Billy says, ‘‘Trump pulled down the Chicago Sun build­ing and built that piece of s---. And he wants to be pres­i­dent. The place would look like a toi­let if he be­came the pres­i­dent.’’ The best thing about Con­nolly is his en­thu­si­asm. It’s in­fec­tious. This se­ries is ex­actly what you’d expect. It’s bril­liant. Con­nolly is one of the world’s great sto­ry­tellers.




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