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Fry's Planet Word

Episode 1: Babel

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Documentary series focusing on language. Stephen Fry seeks to uncover the origins of language and how and why we are the only species on the planet to have this gift. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Director of photography:
Simon Ffrench
Sound Recordist:
Adam Toy
Sound Recordist:
Sean O'Neill
Production Manager:
Lucy Tate
Executive Producer:
Gina Carter
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Fry's Planet Word

Episode 2: Identity

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Documentary series. Stephen Fry argues that the way we speak defines us above all - be it a national language, a regional dialect or even class variation. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Director of photography:
Simon Ffrench
Sound Recordist:
Adam Toy
Sound Recordist:
Dan Gleich
Sound Recordist:
Tim Hodge
Production Manager:
Lucy Tate
Executive Producer:
Cassian Harrison
Executive Producer:
Gina Carter
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Fry's Planet Word

Episode 3: Uses and Abuses

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Documentary series. Stephen learns that swearing plays an important part in human communication, and that slang and jargon can both aid and thwart clarity. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Director of photography:
Simon Ffrench
Sound Recordist:
Adam Toy
Sound Recordist:
Dan Gleich
Sound Recordist:
Sean O'Neil
Production Manager:
Lucy Tate
Executive Producer:
Mark Bell
Executive Producer:
Gina Carter
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson
Director of photography:
Mike Garner
Director of photography:
Will Hutchinson
Composer:
Andy Hopkins

Fry's Planet Word

Episode 4: Spreading the Word

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Stephen Fry looks at the written word, starting with the earliest form of writing - cuneiform, and ending with the modern inventions of blogging and twittering. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Director of photography:
Simon Ffrench
Sound Recordist:
Adam Toy
Sound Recordist:
Tim Hodge
Sound Recordist:
Sean O'Neil
Composer:
Andy Hopkins
Production Manager:
Lucy Tate
Executive Producer:
Cassian Harrison
Executive Producer:
Gina Carter
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Fry's Planet Word

Episode 5: The Power and the Glory

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Stephen Fry explores language. He looks at our desire to entertain and explain through stories, and why any attempt at formula is doomed to fail. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Director of photography:
Simon Ffrench
Sound Recordist:
Adam Toy
Sound Recordist:
Tim Hodge
Sound Recordist:
Sean O'Neil
Composer:
Andy Hopkins
Production Manager:
Lucy Tate
Executive Producer:
Cassian Harrison
Executive Producer:
Gina Carter
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson