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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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Very Good, 1 October 2006
Author: do_rac from United States

I've enjoyed watching this program on the History Channel, here in the US. It is now being rebroadcast (10/1/06), beginning, oddly, with the Norman Invasion.

Being multilingual, I do enjoy the emphasis upon WORDS by Melvyn Bragg. Particularly helpful is the provision of the background historical context. The section on the English bible was enjoyed.

Missing are other aspects of language, such as changes in grammar, syntax, punctuation, et cetera. Notably glossed over is the "great vowel shift" which made Chaucer's English sound more familiar to our modern ears. During the time of Chaucer, vowels were pronounced differently, but with the changes that came afterwards, words took on sounds familiar to us today.

All in all, however, an enjoyable program. While I wish it was on DVD, there is a book available.

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