Fascinating documentary investigating the spread and development of the English
language. Follow the astonishing trail of the survival and triumph of English, an adventure
through invasion, near extinction on more than one occasion and astounding flexibility,
from its arrival in Britain in the 5th century, its voyage across the Atlantic with the Pilgrim
Fathers to its influence among slaves in the Caribbean. This compelling programme
investigates how vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar vary dramatically not only
between countries but also from region to region in Britain.