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  • Actors: Stephen Fry
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 291 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EWPG9E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,573 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages, words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith Stephen Fry is the perfect guide for this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature.

The series travels the globe as Fry takes viewers on a journey through the thousands of years since man first mastered speech to the cyber world of today with its html, codes and texting. Revealing how language is used, abused and continues to evolve, Fry's Planet Word looks at whether we are any closer to understanding the most complex activity of the human brain.

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This was always going to be a match made in heaven; Stephen Fry is the king of language and having him take you on a tour of its amazing complexities is fascinating.

This disc consists of the 5 part series that originally aired on the BBC, comprising of the following episodes:

Babel. In this first episode, Stephen seeks to uncover the origins of human language and how and why we are the only species on the planet to have this gift. From attempts to teach chimps to speak to the so-called singing mice who have been given the human language gene, Stephen uncovers to what extent our brain is uniquely hard-wired for language.

Identity. What is it that defines us? Stephen argues that above all, it is the way we speak. Be it a national language, a regional dialect or even class variation - we interpret and define ourselves through our language. From markets in Kenya to call centers in Newcastle, Stephen charts the shifting patterns of lingua franca and the inexorable spread of Globish (Global English).

Uses and Abuses. This programme looks at the ways language is used and abused. While not everyone approves of bad language, Stephen learns that swearing plays an important part in human communication the world over. He undergoes an MRI scan and discovers the parts of the brain associated with swearing - and meets a sufferer of Tourette's and a stroke patient who swear they can't help using the f-word.

Spreading the Word. 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.
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I watched it when it was on TV and thought it was excellent. The huge range of topics that Fry covers is phenomenal and fascinating, and it is all done in his distinctive, presentable style. The combination of 'Stephen Fry' and 'exploring language' is pretty much a winning formula, and Planet Word is brilliant for anyone with any level of curiosity about language.

My only criticism would be that the DVD isn't packaged very clearly: the whole five episodes are on two discs, but it isn't made clear which episodes are on which disc. The only other negative I have about Planet Word is that there isn't more of it.
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No matter what Stephen Fry sets out to do he does with charm, eloquence and insight.
Dull wold he be of soul who could pass by a sight so touching in its majesty.
Buy these DVDs and you need never be unhappy for a long time. The remedy is at hand.
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i found the dvd to be good over all, a high standard on english , interisting and full of facts, very good for people 30+ this is not a program for kids.....
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Becasuwe I love Stephen Fry and I love language. As an academic working in linguistics and with a particular interest in taboo, slang, and odd language in all its forms, this series is fascinating and really fun.
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Stephen Fry continues to delight and enthral us as he discusses in his inimitable way the development of human language. His voice alone is a pleasure to listen to and combined with interesting and informative content it makes the development of language an attractive and interesting subject. It is notable too that he connects with people of all races and ages. It gives us pleasure to see him interact with children. He rather resembles a giant teddy bear with a velvet voice. This is a series that is well worth watching and listening to.
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Very interesting series. Watch all episodes in quote a short period. Really keeps you interested and learns you new things. Heard some teachers actually used in English class here (Holland) so!
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The man is a delight.
Some really unusual and fascinating insights into language.
I would've given 5 but for the rather excessive amount of time given to Ulysses at the end.
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