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1 December 2002 (UK) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 18)
Melvyn Bragg ... Himself - Presenter (3 episodes, 2003)
Michael Cronin ... Readings (2 episodes, 2003)

Series Directed by
Robert Bee (unknown episodes)
David Thomas (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Melvyn Bragg (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
David Thomas .... producer (unknown episodes, 2003)
Robert Bee .... producer (unknown episodes)
Melvyn Bragg .... series producer (unknown episodes)
Claire Holland .... assistant producer (unknown episodes)
Lucy Leveugle .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Nigel Wattis .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Howard Goodall (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Mark Manning (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Helena Bullivant .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Justin Johnson .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Peter Pearson .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Andrew Sides .... graphics (unknown episodes)
Jon R. Underwood .... graphics (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
James Hynes .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes, 2002)
Robert Thompson .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes, 2003)
John Avery .... sound (unknown episodes)
Brian Hughes .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Alex Thompson .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alistair Cameron .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Jack Holmes .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Leon Hoser .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Chris King .... camera operator: rostrum camera (unknown episodes)
David Mackay .... aerial photographer (unknown episodes)
Ken Morse .... camera operator: rostrum camera (unknown episodes)
Michael O'Halloran .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Marc Eskenazi .... video post-production (unknown episodes)
Vincent Narduzzo .... video post-production (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Simon Cherry .... script editor (unknown episodes)
Tim Morrison .... archive footage coordinator and researcher (unknown episodes)

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65 min (8 episodes)
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, engaging, informative. Let down by scheduling, 13 March 2004
Author: Simon Coe ( from Essex, England

Bragg displays, once again, his priceless gift of making the academic accessible, of educating without patronising. The development of English (past, current situation, future) is a huge, multi-faceted but potentially dull, topic. This series, with each episode pursuing a different theme or perspective, manages to give a substantial overview while leaving the viewer wanting more. However much you thought you knew about the history of the language, the diversity of its worldwide impact and the forces influencing its continuing development, this series will, almost certainly, broaden your understanding whilst entertaining with engaging detail.

The negatives are all to do with how poorly ITV handled its broadcast, relegating it to a graveyard, late Sunday evening, slot with minimal promotion or trailing. As far as I can ascertain, there are no plans for a repeat, nor has there been a DVD/Video release. Very frustrating, as I would love to watch the series again.

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