Language, Linguistics, Lexicography

Last Edited: 20-Mar-2014 A Global British Comedy Collaborative document. Edited by John Lucas
Broadcast source is BBC Radio Four unless otherwise indicated. Recording quality is considered good unless otherwise indicated.


General Language

Fry's English Delight

Date Title Cast Parameters
19-May-2003
20-May-2003
21-May-2003
22-May-2003
23-May-2003
As Easy as ABC
  1. Getting Sorted
  2. A Isn’t for Apple
  3. Latecomers to the Alphabet Ball
  4. Letters Have Birthdays
  5. The Perfect B
Lynne Truss
Produced by Angela Hind
14:01, 6578, S
13:53, 6512, S
13:51, 6499, S
13:25, 6293, S
13:32, 6347, S
26-Sep-2006
Funeral Sentences
The Language of Death
Produced by Alan Hall
28:13, 26465, S
07-Apr-2006
20-Dec-2006
Alpha Bravo Yankee Zulu
The Phonetic Alphabet
Researched by Leo Sedgley
Produced by David Roper
28:13, 26467, S
04-Jan-2000
to
07-Jan-2004
R7:
16-Oct-2006
to
19-Oct-2006
Art of Rhetoric
  1. Rules of Rhetoric
  2. Politicians and Persuasion
  3. Moving Minds
  4. Speech and Spin
Simon Hoggart
Produced by Sue Foster and Simon Elmes
13:41, 12833, S
13:48, 12938, S
13:31, 12683, S
13:48, 12953, S
R7:
03-Jul-2006
to
06-Jul-2006
As Soon as I Open My Mouth
  1. Potato, Potahto
  2.  
  3. Street Talk, Posh Talk
  4. Wha D’ye Say
Kim Normanton
Produced by Tessa Watt
14:51, 13923, S
14:48, 12878, S
14:43, 13806, S
14:40, 13766, S
01-Apr-2008
Rise of the Footnote Ben Schott, Terry Pratchett and Lynne Truss
Produced by Nicola Barringer
28:15, 26486, S
08-Mar-2011 Calibrated Conundrums -- puzzling scientific terms
Lynne Truss
Produced by Erica Wright
27:50, 26098, S
01-May-2011 to
29-May-2011

05-Aug-2013 to
09-Aug-2013
15 by 15
  1. Mattress
  2. Trifle
  3. Heels
  4. Spin
  5. Stroke
  6. Box
  7. Check
  8. Clog
  9. Jam
  10. Hip
Hardeep Singh Kohli
Producer: Richard Bannerman
13:57, 13089, S
13:51, 12987, S
13:36, 12765, S
13:46, 12921, S
13:51, 12998, S

13:36, 12734, S
13:48, 12916, S
13:51, 12969, S
13:41, 12811, S
13:47, 12902, S
28-Nov-2012 The Goddess of English
Zareer Masani
Producer: Julian May
27:40, 25888, S
09-Jan-2012 The Path to English
Bobby Friction
Producer: Laura Parfitt
27:48, 26021, S
20-May-2013 to
24-May-2013
Mother Tongue Interference
  1. Gisela Stuart
  2. Zinovy Zinik
  3. Evelyn Arizpe
  4. Maria Mertzani
  5. Kailash Chand
Producer: Tim Dee
13:40, 12911, S
13:34, 12826, S
13:34, 12818, S
13:37, 12869, S
13:40, 12913, S
09-Aug-2013
Ecce! Fife! or Rediscovering the Lost Latin of Fife
Natalie Haynes
produced by David Stenhouse
27:48, 26011, S
27-Sep-2014
The Forum -- Multilingualism
Bridget Kendall
produced by Caroline Dunn
27:52, 26080, S

Linguistics

Date Title Cast Parameters
R7:
03-Dec-2002
to
31-Dec-2003
repeated 4 & 7:
23-Aug-2004
to
27-Aug-2004
Cutting a Dash
  1. The Endangered Apostrophe
  2. Changing Gear, The Comma
  3. And Another Thing: Colons and Semicolons
  4. Listen to Me When I’m Writing!
  5. Punctuating the Future
Lynne Truss
Produced by Penny Vines
14:02, 13161, S
13:51, 12989, S
14:08, 13260, S
13:58, 13100, S
13:56, 13078, S
25-Sep-2002
02-Oct-2002
09-Oct-2002
Lost for Words
  1. Australian Aboriginal Languages
  2. Hawaiian Language Preservation
  3. What Is Being Lost?
Gavin Esler
Produced by Amber Dawson/
Adam Fowler
27:59, 6561, m
27:54, 6541, m
27:54, 6540, m
1999
R7:
22-Dec-2004
The Christmas Dictionary Quiz Michael Rosen-Sue Limb,
Lynne Truss-Steve Punt
Frank Delaney, The Nimmo Twins
28:06, 26355, S
06-Jul-2005 Textual Evidence
Forensic Linguistics
P D James
Produced by Clynos [?] Jones
27:39, 25924, S
03-Jan-2006
The Joy of Gibberish Stephen Fry
Produced by Ian Guardhouse
28:13, 26459, S
01-Feb-2006
08-Feb-2006
Say What You Think
Why learning languages is easy or difficult
Mark Lythgoe
Produced by Michaelle Martin
28:02, 26288, S
28:06, 26356, S
30-Apr-2012
Ampers-Fan -- The story of the ampersand

Alistair Sooke
Producers: Jo Meek & Gillian Donovan
27:58, 26177, S
10-Aug-2012
The 'arse that Jack Built

Ian McMillan
produced by Laura Thomas
27:48, 26014, S
03-Dec-2012
10-Dec-2012
17-Dec-2012

Our Language in Your Hands
  1. Nepal
  2. South Africa
  3. New York City

Mark Turin
Producer Mark Rickards
27:44, 25959, S
27:45, 25973, S
27:47, 26004, S

Routes of English

Date Episode Title Cast Parameters
06-Jul-2000
S01e01
Home    
13-Jul-2000
S01e02
The Dawn of English    
20-Jul-2000
S01e03
France and English    
27-Jul-2000
S01e04
Taba Russell Davies Inn to Canterbury    
03-Aug-2000
S01e05
The Power of English and the English of Power    
10-Aug-2000
S01e06
Import/Export    
17-Aug-2000
S02e01
Coining It    
24-Aug-2000
S02e02
Language at Play    
31-Aug-2000
S02e03
A Better Class of Language    
07-Sep-2000
S02e04
Unspeakable English    
14-Sep-2000
S02e05
Freezing the River    
21-Sep-2000
S02e06
A World of Many Englishes    
23-Nov-2000
S03e01
Pitmatic    
30-Nov-2000
S03e02
Stroke City    
07-Dec-2000
S03e03
Cornwall    
14-Dec-2000
S03e04
No Pigeon    
21-Dec-2000
S03e05
Oswestry    
28-Dec-2000
S03e06
Conclusion    
06-Sep-2001
S04e01
What Is Spanglish?    
13-Sep-2001
S04e02
Raj to Riches English    
20-Sep-2001
S04e03
The Hurricane Speaks    
27-Sep-2001
S04e04
Beyond the Cringe (Australian) Melvyn Bragg
Simon Elmes
27:48, 6520, m
04-Oct-2001
S04e05
The Long Trek to Freedom    
11-Oct-2001
S04e06
Whose English Is It, Anyway? Melvyn Bragg
Simon Elmes
28:01, 6568, m
26-Dec-2001
Special
Talking Posh Melvyn Bragg
Bela Bannerman
28:04, 6581, m
24-Jan-2005
Special
Churchill’s Roar Melvyn Bragg
Produced by Simon Elmes
27:48, 26068, S
05-May-2006
Special
Inside English – Do You Know What You Are Saying? Melvyn Bragg
Produced by Tom Alban
27:53, 26154, S

Word of Mouth

Word 4 Word

Date Title Cast Parameters Location
19-Jan-2005 Pilot
Experience of dialect Dermot Murnaghan
Simon Elmes
42:02, 39420, S
03-Aug-2005 S01e01
New Kids on the Block? Dermot Murnaghan
Simon Elmes
Produced by Lawrence Grizzell
41:54, 39295, S
10-Aug-2005 S01e02
Strong Language Dermot Murnaghan
Simon Elmes
Produced by Lawrence Grizzell
42:17, 39642, S
17-Aug-2005 S01e03
Estuary English Dermot Murnaghan
Simon Elmes
Produced by Lawrence Grizzell
42:16, 39629, S
24-Aug-2005 S01e04
Correctness Dermot Murnaghan
Simon Elmes
42:17, 39642, S
31-Aug-2005 S01e05
Under the Influence Dermot Murnaghan
Simon Elmes
41:50, 39236, S
07-Aug-2005 S01e06
Friends, Neighbours and Big Brothers Dermot Murnaghan
Simon Elmes
41:42, 39101, S

Lexicography

Date
Title
Cast
Parameters
19-Jul-2003
26-Jul-2003
Swallowing the Dictionary
75th Anniversary of the OED
Richard Coles
Produced by Nick Eutakin
27:50, 13054, m
28:03, 13150, m
29-May-2005
05-Jun-2005
12-Jun-2005
Hail to the Harmless Drudge
250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary
Simon Winchester, Alan Downie, Joe Farrell
Produced by Simon Dee
14:12, 13315, S
13:46, 12915, S
13:57, 13095, S
23-Oct-2007
A Dewey Decimal
Shaun Wallace
Produced by James Cook
28:18, 26544, S
13-Jul-2012 Hobson-Jobson: A Very English Enterprise
Daljit Nagra
Producer: Mukti Jain Campion
27:45, 25979, S