Trav­els In Trum­p­land With Ed Balls 9pm, BBC Two

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GO­ING into this three-part doc­u­men­tary, in which the for­mer Shadow Chan­cel­lor Of The Ex­che­quer drives across Amer­ica try­ing to fig­ure out Trump sup­port­ers, there can only be one ques­tion: Will he dance? The an­swer is yes. In fact, not only does Balls pull out some old Strictly moves later in the se­ries, there also comes a chance to see him climb a fence in an amus­ing man­ner, get tasered, and strip off for a spray tan. Tonight, though, you’ll just have to make do with watch­ing him don a leo­tard and start wrestling. Thing is, all this dis­arm­ing jackass stuff, along with his ca­pac­ity for talk­ing and lis­ten­ing to peo­ple like a reg­u­lar hu­man be­ing, makes the se­ries highly watch­able. Balls is a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor, and his ground-level en­coun­ters with Trump’s core helps frame their mo­ti­va­tions, while high­light­ing stark di­vi­sions across Amer­i­can so­ci­ety. He be­gins in the Deep South, vis­it­ing to the US-Mex­ico bor­der, where he meets some sur­pris­ing ad­vo­cates of the fa­bled Wall. And wres­tles.

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