Trevor McDon­ald: Mighty Mis­sis­sippi

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 7.35pm, SBS One That’s Sir Trevor McDon­ald to you. The first black news reader in Bri­tain is also no­table for hav­ing won more awards than any other Bri­tish broad­caster, and was knighted in 1999 for ser­vices to jour­nal­ism. The other thing Sir Trev is fa­mous for is re­tir­ing. But as we all know, 70 is the new 50, and if you’ve still got it, why not flaunt it? In this rather grand three­part se­ries, which de­buts tonight, McDon­ald, now 73, takes on Amer­ica’s most fa­mous river. The se­ries de­scribes it­self as ‘‘ a sweep­ing tale of the largest river sys­tem in the United States and the spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes, di­verse cul­tural her­itage and in­dus­trial tri­umphs nur­tured on its banks’’. There you have it. McDon­ald kicks things off in the deep south where he wit­nesses a jazz funeral in New Or­leans. He then vis­its some ves­ti­gial plan­ta­tion slave quar­ters be­fore en­coun­ter­ing an al­li­ga­tor in Amer­ica’s big­gest swamp. The jour­nal­ist’s jour­ney truly be­gins in the Gulf of Mex­ico be­fore wind­ing its way through the mid­west and on to the source in north­ern Min­nesota.

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