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The Adventure of English 

The history of the English language.




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Series cast summary:
Melvyn Bragg ...  Self - 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


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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Make one more episode and make all available on DVD!
26 September 2006 | by henryhertzhobbitSee all my reviews

The first of the three (four?) part episodes of this is appearing again on The History Channel in the United States. The first episode aired 24 September 2006 at 7:00 AM. Parts II and III are showing at 7:00 AM on the History Channel on 1 October and the 8 October 2006. All times are EDT. A & E and The History Channel are changing their showing times for MDT right now (bad timing).

I agree that the program is excellent, but with the few of us that are saying something about it, that may not be enough to sway The History Channel to make it available on DVD. They must allow the schools to record and show it in their English classes. For the first time ever that would make an English class interesting. I couldn't wait for the bell in most English classes and was sent to the Principal's office for saying "It ain't going to make no difference nohow." The teacher was giving a lecture on double negatives so I used a triple negative. They really do need one more episode more fully developing how important the English language is to the Internet, and how the Internet is changing the English language. And they MUST make all the episodes available on DVD. They would make more money with many people buying the DVD than just a few at the exorbitant price that was cited by another reviewer.

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1 December 2002 (UK) See more »

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