Comedian and broadcaster Sue Perkins features in an eye-opening two-part series exploring what life is really like for people living along the borders of America and Mexico. News coverage tends to focus on drug trafficking, violent cartels and desperate migrants – and of course the wall.
Sue – who is Jewish through her maternal side – travels from the Mexican city of Tijuana on the Pacific Coast to the north-eastern border city of Matamoros. She helps a group of Honduran volunteers building a hostel for fellow refugees fleeing violence, while on the US side of the border she spends a day with the sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, to find out more about the battle with the Mexican cartels that traffic people and drugs, and meets a rancher dealing with migrants climbing over the wall and onto his land.
She also meets some of the many American retirees who have moved south of the border.
Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border begins on Monday, 9pm, on BBC One