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A 1,500 year journey with Melvyn Bragg and a team of experts uncovers the fascinating tale of a remarkable language. While they share the secrets of how English has evolved and impacted society in this 8-part documentary, the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain." Includes 8 episodes on 4 DVDs. 2002-03/color/6 hrs., 48 min/NR/widescreen.
The life story of a remarkable language
Join Melvyn Bragg and a host of experts as they explore the vibrant 1,500-year history of the English language. How did it grow from a relatively insignificant Germanic dialect to become the premier language of culture, commerce, and diplomacy around the globe? The answer involves bloody conquest, political intrigue, and plenty of creativity.
Renowned authorities such as Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company John Barton, and Elizabethan scholar Katherine Duncan-Jones explain the development of English in entertaining detail. In this fascinating, eight-part documentary, Bragg and his colleagues examine the life of the language, showing how diverse forces--from Beowulf to the Bible, from Shakespeare to American slang--shaped the way we communicate today.
A prolific author, screenwriter, and broadcaster, Melvyn Bragg serves as president of Great Britain’s National Campaign for the Arts and chair of the Arts Council Literature Panel. He has hosted The South Bank Show, Britain’s leading arts program, for over 30 years.
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The Adventure of English
Of course it is. But that does not subtract from this most excellent series. No matter how much you know about history about history you can learn something new looking at it from... Read morePublished 2 months ago by bernie
I loved this series. It is a great adventure through English language indeed! Beautiful images, good sound quality and perfect narrative! Read more
For we the peoples in the world that don't speak English as a mother language, this is a very interesting and motivating TV series. Read morePublished 11 months ago by José Hernández
Well researched, comprehensive , informative and highly interesting. I have watched some of the episodes 2 or 3 times. Perfect for students in the classroom.Published 15 months ago by ed brownie
This is a completely riveting story of how our language evolved into what it is today. I highly recommend this DVD as a gift for anyone interested in the history of language.Published 15 months ago by Jene Moseley