I seem to be going through a 'Fry phase' at the moment, as I've just finished the entire series of 'Stephen Fry in America', watched many episodes of 'Jeeves And Wooster' & have listened to his excellent 'Stephen Fry Presents - Short Stories by Anton Chekhov'. I've even watched his videos debating alongside Christopher Hitchens & have yet to find him annoying, snobbish or arrogant, but rather the model of a renaissance man.
Overall I found this lived up to expectations & moves me one stage closer to wanting to explore his books again (which initially put me off his work). As yet, I'm still to find anything from Fry's second-wind that hasn't appealed & educated in equal measure. Here's hoping the sequel is as good...
P.S. If you want to see reviews of the individual sections, please do a search for 'Fry's English Delight' & it should bring them up on page two. The sections are (in order):
1. 'Current Puns'
Many other reviewers have said that Section 1 (?Current Puns?) is the only section worth listening to, but I disagree. This section is arguably the best one, with lots of QI-style insightful gambits. The large quantity of Naval metaphors (e.g. taken aback) are explored in this section, along with 'skeletons of metaphors'. Personally I had no idea that English was so laden with buried metaphors within individual words (e.g. 'sarcastic' meaning 'flesh tearing'). The phrase 'Deep Metaphor' takes on a whole new meaning...
Third albums can be very difficult. Just look at any band (e.g. Oasis, Radiohead) & their third major release tends to be a flop or not live up to expectations.
In this case, I think there is an exception.
For one, some time has been left between the first two and this one, which seems to have been just enough to re-invigorate interest & provide the BBC time to think up new ideas.
For two, Stephen Fry has an eerie gift for being interesting & moving with the winds of change, rather than being capsized by them.
So, it is with this & as soon as you start the first download, you will find a topic that is compelling, insightful & adds to our wealth of knowledge as a species.
Overall I'd rate this download as being better than Series 2 & up there with the Series 1. As with previous reviews of this series, I recommend 'Fry and Laurie Read Daudet and Jerome' & his reading of 'Oscar Wilde's Short Stories'.
I'd also like to recommend, though, 'The Ode Less Travelled' which I'm about halfway through & is turning into a compelling education into how to be a poet (Fry's favourite pastime). 9 parts is a little long but as it is of similar quality to this, it has proven worthwhile...
P.S. If you want to read reviews for the individual sections, please do a search for 'Fry's English Delight - Series 3' & it will bring up this & the four sections on this audio.