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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Enlightening and entertaining, 15 March 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

Very educational, tracing of the roots and history of the English language from 500 B.C. to the present.

In learning the history of the language I learned a lot about the political. military and cultural history of England itself (for example, I had no idea that for 300 years after William the Conqueror took over England from his home in Normandy, French became the 'official' language of England, and came close to threatening to eliminate English altogether. Or that it was the plague, which killed off so many of the upscale guardians of language, like the clergy who wanted Latin to be the language of the state, that helped restore spoken English to prominence.

The series can get a bit dry at times, like an illustrated lecture. And it gets a bit less interesting when it gets to more recent, more familiar history. But it still is always enlightening and entertaining.

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