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The Adventure of English 

The history of the English language.
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Melvyn Bragg ...  Himself - Presenter 8 episodes, 2003
Michael Cronin Michael Cronin ...  Readings 3 episodes, 2003
David Gwillim ...  Readings 3 episodes, 2003
Mark Saban Mark Saban ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2003
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In this eight part series, Melvyn Bragg, explores the development of the English Language over the last 1500 years. The first four programmes explain how this insignificant German dialect has evolved into a global language now spoken and understood by more people than any other in the world. The remaining four programmes visit various countries around the world to show the differences in modern English. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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The biography of a language.


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UK

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English

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1 December 2002 (UK) See more »

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(8 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color
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Excellent Programs; reminiscent of "The Story of English"
8 February 2005 | by paula001See all my reviews

I heartily agree that this series is a treat to any of us who consciously enjoy the language of Britain and the States. Robin McNeil's "The Story of English" was nowhere near as lively as this.

Why is this show being relegated to obscurity? It is running (Feb 2005)on the History Channel (cable/satellite) at 4 a.m. on successive days. No repeats are scheduled here, either. I have seen it for sale on the Web for a mere $930 -- www.films.com. One negative comment on the History Channel showing -- it has been closed captioned with the cheaper, easier, roll-up style caps; the style with a large black box obscuring the video with scrolling caps. IMHO, pop-on CCs would greatly enhance "The Adventure of English" for all of us.


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