Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls – BBC2

Ed Balls talks to the Americans who made Trump into a president and heads to the Deep South in the first of a three-part series

The end of 2016 was an odd time – while former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was swapping politics for Gangnam Style fame on Strictly, America was voting for the man from The Apprentice to become the leader of the free world.

Tonight, Ed is on a mission to work out how Donald Trump won the election and why his supporters are so enthralled by his ideas.

Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls

Ed Balls visits Rednecks with Paychecks in Texas

Ed’s three-part journey starts in the Deep South at a ‘Rednecks with Paychecks’ festival, where he meets people proudly flying the Confederate flag, plus 
a hard-working Mexican immigrant who voted for Trump.

It’s an enlightening but often alarming and frustrating watch, handled well by a patient Ed.

TV Times rating: ****