Billy Connolly's Great American Trail

Billy Connolly's Great American Trail

Series 1 - Episode 2



Don’t ever say that Billy doesn’t take you anywhere nice. In the second episode of his Scots-in-the-States travelogue, he’s in the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia – once America’s most notorious prison.

Music has always been important to the Big Yin so in Atlantic City – precursor of Las Vegas – he plays the world’s largest musical instrument… underneath a car park. He also visits the Pennsylvania factory that built guitars for some of his rock heroes.

This is a gentle ramble about the land of the free, seemingly at random, but as Billy would undoubtedly say, it’s not the destination but the journey that’s important.


Billy visits Kearny, New Jersey, where he discovers it was the Scots who brought football to America. He then embarks on a pilgrimage to the Martin Guitar Company - the factory that has built guitars for some of the biggest rock stars on the planet, including Billy's hero Hank Williams. He also ventures to the Eastern State Penitentiary, which was once America's most notorious prison and the one-time residence of legendary gangster Al Capone.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Billy Connolly
Executive Producer Mike Reilly
Executive Producer Michelle Crowther
Series Director Mike Reilly
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