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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

Michael Palin's New Europe

Episode 3: Wild East

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Palin journeys from Transdniester to the rolling hills of Moldova, across the Carpathian Mountains of northern Romania and through Transylvania to the Danube. Show more

Stephen Fry in America

Episode 4: Mountains and Plains

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One Channel IslandsLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Stephen Fry continues his journey across America, heading south from Montana to Texas, admiring the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains along the way. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Himalaya with Michael Palin

Episode 6: Bhutan to Bay of Bengal

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Michael Palin concludes his Himalayan trek by travelling from Bhutan through Bangladesh before finishing on a fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal. Show more

Stephen Fry in America

Episode 2: Deep South

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One East MidlandsLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Stephen Fry finds out what makes the South so distinctive, from West Virginia coalminers and bluegrass musicians in Tennessee to an Alabama parole board's deliberations. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Sahara with Michael Palin

Episode 3: Absolute Desert

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Trekking across the Sahara. Michael reaches Timbuktu, once one of the great centres of Islamic learning, then heads east to the land of nomadic herders the Wodaabe. Show more

Sahara with Michael Palin

Episode 4: Dire Straits

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Trekking across the Sahara. Michael arrives at the border of Niger and Algeria, the lawless, desolate region where Mark Thatcher famously got lost. Show more

Himalaya with Michael Palin

Episode 3: Annapurna to Everest

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Palin continues his trek. On his way to Everest base camp, he meets the King of Nepal, visits Annapurna Sanctuary, climbs a glacier and follows a Gurkha recruitment drive. Show more

Himalaya with Michael Palin

Episode 4: The Roof of the World

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Palin continues his Himalayan Trek, leaving Everest base camp on the high road to Lhasa as he takes a look at how China has changed Tibet. Show more

Stephen Fry in America

Episode 3: Mississippi

Duration: 1 hour

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

Stephen Fry journeys across America, a country that has always fascinated him. A 2,000-mile journey up the Mississippi begins in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Stephen Fry in America

Episode 5: True West

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Stephen Fry continues his American journey by taking a look at the dramatic landscapes and peoples of the South West, meeting physicists, Navajos and semi-naked Mormons. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson
Camera Operator:
Simon Ffrench

Last Chance to See

Series 1

Episode 4: Komodo Dragon

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine search for animals on the edge of extinction. While tracking the Komodo dragon, the travellers release turtles into the wild. Show more

Stephen Fry in America

Episode 1: New World

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Stephen Fry explores the states of New England, before heading south to the nation's capital and ending up at the civil war battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Stephen Fry in America

Episode 6: Pacific

Duration: 1 hour

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

Stephen Fry concludes his epic journey with a trip to the Pacific Northwest, meeting a variety of people including tree sitters, Bigfoot believers and a real-life Magnum PI. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson

Brazil with Michael Palin

Episode 4: The Deep South

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Palin finds out what makes Brazil tick. He meets Prince Joao de Braganza, heir to the defunct Brazilian throne, and visits aircraft manufacturer Embraer. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Palin
Series Producer:
John-Paul Davidson
Executive Producer:
Steve Abbott
Executive Producer:
Charlotte Moore
Director:
Francis Hanly