Trevor McDonald: Mighty Mississippi
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.