Seven years ago, Stephen Fry travelled through all fifty states of the USA in a black cab. But he's always been fascinated by events south of the border, so now, in this brand new four-part series, he embarks on an adventure into America's backyard.
Travelling through Mexico and the entire Central American isthmus, to the Panamanian border with South America, it's a remarkable trip through some of the oldest civilisations on the planet – Mayan, Aztec and Olmec.
He visits some of the most dangerous, but breathtakingly beautiful, countries as he learns all about the people, the places, the wildlife and the history.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Stephen or Steven is a common English first name. It is particularly significant to Christians, as it belonged to Saint Stephen (Greek Στέφανος Stéphanos), an early disciple and deacon who, according to the Book of Acts, was stoned to death; he is widely regarded as the first martyr (or “protomartyr”) of the Christian Church. The name “Stephen” (and its common variant “Steven”) is derived from Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), a first name from the Greek word στέφανος (stéphanos), meaning “wreath, crown” and by extension “reward, honor”, from the verb στέφειν (stéphein), “to encircle, to wreathe”. In Ancient Greece, crowning wreaths (such as laurel wreaths) were given to the winners of contests. Originally, as the verb suggests, the noun had a more general meaning of any “circle”—including a circle of people, a circling wall around a city, and, in its earliest recorded use, the circle of a fight, which is found in the Iliad of Homer. The name, in both the forms Stephen and Steven, is commonly shortened to Steve or Stevie. In English, the female version of the name is “Stephanie”. Many surnames are derived from the first name, including Stephens, Stevens, Stephenson, and Stevenson, all of which mean “Stephen's (son)”. In modern times especially the name has sometimes been given with intentionally nonstandard spelling, such as Stevan or Stevon. A common variant of the name used in English is Stephan ; related names that have found some currency or significance in English include Stefan (pronounced or in English), Esteban (often pronounced ), and the Shakespearean Stephano . Like all biblical names, Stephen has forms in all major world languages. Some of these include: Esteban (Spanish; Spanish pronunciation: [esˈteβan]); Estêvão (Portuguese); Esteve (Catalan); Estève (Occitan); Étienne (French); Istifanus (Arabic); István (Hungarian); Setefane (Sotho); Shtjefni (Albanian); Sītífán (Mandarin Chinese); Stefan (German, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and Serbian; German pronunciation: [ˈʃteːfan]); Stefán (Icelandic); Ștefan (Romanian); Štefan (Slovak and Slovenian); Stefana (Malagasy); Stefano (Italian and Swahili); Stefanos (modern Greek, modern Hebrew, and Estonian); Stefans (Latvian and Afrikaans); Steffan (Welsh); Stepan (Armenian, Ukrainian); Štěpán (Czech); Stepane (Georgian); Steponas (Lithuanian); Stiofán (Irish); Sutepano (Japanese); Szczepan (Polish); and Tapani (Finnish). In the United Kingdom, it peaked during the 1950s and 1960s as one of the top ten male first names (ranking third in 1954) but had fallen to twentieth by 1984 and had fallen out of the top one hundred by 2002. The name was ranked 201 in the United States in 2009, according to the Social Security Administration. The name reached its peak popularity in 1951 but remained very common through the mid-1990s, when popularity started to decrease in the United States.
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Stephen of Armenia (died 1165), marshal, son of Leo I Stephen of England or Stephen of Blois (c. 1096–1154), grandson of William the Conqueror Stephen I of Hungary (c. 965–1038), Grand Prince of the Magyars, first king of Hungary Stephen II of Hungary (1101–1131), elder son of King Coloman Stephen III of Hungary (1147–1172), eldest son of King Geza II Stephen IV of Hungary (c.1133–1165), third son of King Béla II Stephen V of Hungary (1239–1272), elder son of King Béla IV Stephen I of Moldavia (1394–1399), son of Costea Stephen II of Moldavia (died 1447), prince, son of Alexandru cel Bun Stephen III of Moldavia or Stephen the Great and Holy (c.1432–1504), son of Bogdan II Stephen Báthory of Poland (1533–1586), prince of Transylvania, king consort of Poland, grand duke consort of Lithuania Stephen Uroš I of Serbia (died 1277), son of Stefan Nemanjić Stjepan Držislav of Croatia (died 997), king 969–997 Stjepan I of Croatia (died 1058), king 1030–1058 Stjepan II of Croatia (died 1091), king 1089–1091, last member of the Trpimirović dynasty Ivan Stephen of Bulgaria (died after 1343), tsar 1330–1331 Stephen Tomašević of Bosnia (died 1463), last sovereign from the Bosnian Kotromanić dynasty
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