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  • ITV
  • 1999-01-10T00:00:00+00:00
  • 25 mins
  • 2 hours, 30 mins
  • Comedy, Documentary
Bill Bryson is an unabashed Anglophile who, through a mistake of history, happened to be born and bred in Iowa. Righting that error, he spent 20 years in England before deciding to repatriate: “I had recently read that 3.7 million Americans according to a Gallup poll, believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me.” That comic tone enlivens this account of Bryson’s farewell walking tour of the countryside of “the green and kindly island that had for two decades been my home.”

6 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    1999-01-09T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

Bill Bryson' s observations from a sentimental tour of Britain based on 20 years living in the UK.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 1999-01-16T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

Tonight Bill Bryson looks at the British way of play. Regarding the traditional seaside holiday, it is his opinion that Brighton went to finishing school, while Blackpool graduated from the school of hard knocks.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 1999-10-24T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Bill recounts the steps he first took when he arrived in Britain from Iowa in 1973

1x04 Episode 4

  • 1999-01-30T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

Bill tries to understand what makes Britain's inhabitants so good at innovation.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 1999-02-06T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

The US author examines two very different views of how heritage forms the backbone of Britain.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 1999-02-13T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

The US author concludes his travels around Britain by summing up his feelings for the island he came to call home.