Billy Connolly’s Route 66 sees the seasoned comedian “get the willies” in a glass box jutting out from a Chicago skyscraper, meet survivors of a powerful tornado, drives an Amish carriage and espouses his views on Donald Trump’s architectural contributions to America:
“Trump pulled down the Chicago Sun building and built that piece of shit. Bum. He wants to be the President?! The place would be in the toilet if he became the President.”
Connolly also learns about the racial divide along the USA’s most famous tourist route. Preston Jackson explains his work to the Scottish comic and recounts the “The Negro Traveler’s Green Book” which told black people in the US how to negotiate the racism on travels to the South – which towns to avoid, which local doctors would treat black patients and which hotels to stay in.
Riding his boom tricycle once again, Connolly soaks up the history, food and music of the United State’s most iconic trail. An informative documentary, infused with Scottish activism and a little rock ‘n’ roll.
The first episode of “Billy Connolly’s Route 66” at 9pm on Thursday 15th September 2011 on ITV.