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Michael Bove ...
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Johnson Chang ...
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Robert Darnton ...
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Belle de Jour ...
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Irving Finkel ...
Himself - Keeper of the Department of Assyriology, British Museum
Aju Jupoh ...
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Hanif Kureishi ...
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Richard Ovenden ...
Himself - Keeper of Special Collections, Bodleian Library
Edwina Portocarrano ...
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Ramesh Raskar ...
Himself - MIT Center for Future Storytelling (as Dr Ramesh Raskar)
Pnina Shor ...
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David Skipper ...
Himself - ohn Jarrold Printing Museum
David Tang ...
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Kate Tunstall ...
Herself - Enlightenment Scholar
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In this programme, Stephen Fry explores 'the written word'. Writing is a great invention - making it possible to communicate across space and time. Without writing we would have no history and very little technology. Stephen discovers the earliest writing - cuneiform - at the British Museum, and learns how our alphabet came from the Phoenicians. Written by Joyce M

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Zhou Youguang, whom stared in this episode is still alive and is 110 as of July, 6th 2016 See more »

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