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Pidgin

Synopsis

We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
Narrated by David Attenborough
' Helicopter equals mixmaster belong Jesus Christ.'
(APOCRYPHAL)
Pidgin English is found in various forms from the China Sea to the Caribbean, and from Saigon to Johannesburg. Its origins are uncertain; its future is under debate. In New Guinea it is the principal means of communication between islanders speaking a total of 700 distinct local languages. To some people it is babytalk, but others see it as a whole new language in embryo.
Script by MICHAEL KITTERMASTER and DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
Research MICHAEL KITTERMASTER Field recordings and interviews JAMES MCNEISH
Linguistic consultant MICHAEL HOEY
Producer JOHN SCOTNEY

Contributors

Unknown: David Attenborough
Script By: Michael Kittermaster
Unknown: James McNeish
Unknown: Michael Hoey
Producer: John Scotney






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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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