Fry's English Delight
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  • 1
    Fry's English Delight: The Complete Series | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: The Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4, including Current Puns. Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?

    Stephen Fry never lets you down

    Yet another piece of genius from Mr Fry. This was educational, funny, entertaining. Finding out the origins of everyday phrases and sayings was an ey..Show More »

    Reviewed on 26 June 2010 by Anne (Balerno, Midlothian, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    A second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language. Includes four 30-minute Radio 4 programmes presented by Stephen Fry indulging his delight in the English language. So Wrong It's Right - Stephen Fry examines how 'wrong' English can become right English, such as more people use the word 'wireless' in a computer context than in a radio one. With help from a lexicographer, an educationalist a Times Sub Editor and a judge,

    Unsurpassed Audio Entertainment

    I can see it now - the reviews for this are mostly going to say something to the effect of 'Good, but doesn't live up to its predecessor'. Having list..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4. 'The Trial of Qwerty' The 'Qwerty' keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr Qwerty? 'He Said, She Said' Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can).

    More Crumbs from the Table of the Master...

    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 exp..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    Fry's English Delight: Series 4 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4.

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  • 5
    Fry's English Delight: Series 5 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 5

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    A fifth series from BBC Radio 4, in which Stephen Fry examines, with the help of experts, the highways and byways of the English language. In these four episodes he tells 'The Story of X': a letter holy and profane, sexy and chaste; discusses intonation, the "song" of English, and how cadence affects meaning; muses on the art and craft of conversation - and whether true conversation can happen on TV and radio - and ponders the meaning of meaning and the gap between brain and mouth that means language can never truly represent thought.

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  • 6
    Fry's English Delight - Series 6 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 6

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Presented by Stephen Fry, as heard on BBC Radio 4. 1. Rhetoric: It was once a noble oratorical art. Now, rhetoric means the misleading language of politicians and dictators. Stephen tries to restore its original meaning, with the help of three very different speeches. 2. Spelling: English spelling is famously irregular. As Stephen puts it: 'I before e except after c. Weird!' The history of spelling is strewn with attempts to simplify it. How did it get so difficult?

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  • 7
    Fry's English Delight: Series 7 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 7

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Series seven in Stephen Fry's famously funny and engaging series about the English language. It includes four programmes, originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The series starts with illusionist Derren Brown helping Stephen decipher Magical Language; a programme about Capital Punishment (about how complex capital letters can be) as well as a celebration of Reading Aloud and a no-nonsense examination of Plain English, which 'does what it says on the tin'.

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  • 8
    Fry's English Delight: Series 8 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 8

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    Series eight in Stephen Fry's consistently amusing and interesting series about the English language, with four half-hour programmes originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The first involves John Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten, talking about the problems of emotional language in "Words Fail Me" ("A cracker", said the UK newspaper The Guardian). Then what rainy small talk really means in "Talking About the Weather". "Do You Promise Not to Tell" enters the odd world of secret language.

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    Reviewed on 22 June 2016 by James ()
  • Fry's English Delight - Call Me for a Quotation | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Call Me for a Quotation

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here.

    The Title Rings True- Fry hits the Right Notes 3

    Unlike ?QI: Advanced Banter?, this section is not just a long list of quotes but more an exploration of their nature (although it does include some go..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • Fry's English Delight - Cliches | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Cliches

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. Featuring sick parrots and the cliché crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.

    The Title Rings True- Fry hits the Right Notes 4

    This section sounds like a dreadful idea for an ending, but is actually interesting. Cliches aren't just cringe-worthy, but are actually a way of usin..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • Fry's English Delight: Word Games | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Word Games

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Is English an innately playful language? Are word games good for you? Do we divide into number and word players? And could Scrabble have been invented in any other language?

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  • Fry's English Delight - Current Puns | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Current Puns

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?

    The Title Rings True- Fry hits the Right Notes 1

    Starting off with a section called 'Current Puns', the English language is dissected in depth by a mixture of academics and amateurs. The comedian who..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • Fry's English Delight - HMS Metaphor | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - HMS Metaphor

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder, and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word 'metaphor'.

    The Title Rings True- Fry hits the Right Notes 2

    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 be..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 2.1
    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - The Joy of Gibberish | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - The Joy of Gibberish

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry investigates the phenomenon of gibberish - what it is, why we write and speak and sing it, and why we enjoy it so much. Words like 'awaopbopbaloobop awop bam bam' and Bill and Ben's contemporary sounding catchphrase 'blogalog'.

    Unsurpassed Audio Entertainment Part 4

    A bonus episode on the end, but actually the best of the bunch as it is a typical Stephen Fry/ QI topic. Gibberish is explored as a concept & Fry show..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 2.2
    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - Speaking Proper | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - Speaking Proper

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Speaking Proper. It may be that elocution classes for children are being replaced with "Presentation Skills" courses for adults, but we still see effective communication as the key to success. Stephen Fry announces a field day for pedants in his investigation into what nowadays counts as speaking proper. As heard on Radio 4 in August 2009.

    Fun with the English language

    Yes, and I have! There is always a joke/fact i missed last time

    Reviewed on 04 September 2016 by Ms. E. Morgan (Blackpool, Lancashire United Kingdom)
  • 2.3
    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - So Wrong It's Right | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - So Wrong It's Right

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    This episode is part of a second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language.

    So Wrong It's Right. Stephen Fry demonstrates, with the help of a Judge, a lexicographer, a computational linguist, five buffalo, and a strawberry how wrong English can become right English, by dint of usage. As heard on Radio 4 in August 2009.

    Unsurpassed Audio Entertainment Part 1

    This is an interesting section on the evolution of language & how 'wrong' use of language can often become right as people start using the mistakes (e..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 2.4
    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - Hello | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - Hello

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    This episode is part of a second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language.

    Hello! Stephen Fry says goodbye for the time being with a programme about Hello, and how it came to be one of the world's favourite words. As heard on Radio 4 during in August 2009.

    Unsurpassed Audio Entertainment Part 3

    Like section 1), this isn't quite as brilliant as series one, but still interesting. Here the origins of the word 'Hello' are explored, including all ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 3.1
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 1: The Trial of Qwerty | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 1: The Trial of Qwerty

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    The 'Qwerty' keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr. Qwerty? This is the hilarious first of episode in Season 3 of Stephen Fry's critically acclaimed Fry's English Delight. Stephen Fry is a celebrated British actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual and wit. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography, and has written for radio shows and TV.

    More Crumbs from the Table of the Master... Pt1

    Take a look at your keyboard. It is highly likely it is a QWERTY model & that that is what you have grown used to over years & years.
    But did y..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 3.2
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 2: He Said She Said | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 2: He Said She Said

    • ORIGINAL (26 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can). This is the brilliant second episode in Season 3 of Stephen Fry's critically acclaimed Fry's English Delight. Stephen Fry is a celebrated British actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual and wit. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography, and has written for radio shows and TV.

    More Crumbs from the Table of the Master... Pt2

    `Gender' brings up visions of tawdry, dry French lessons, where lots of rules are rote-learned, then forgotten post GCSE's.
    Actually, there is ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 3.3
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 3: Accentuate the Negative | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 3: Accentuate the Negative

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Contradiction is an addiction - from philosophical dialectic to the verification of scientific and mathematical hypotheses, and from religious controversy to traditional pantomime exchanges with the audience. Oh No It Isn't, you may think. Oh, yes, it very much is....

    More Crumbs from the Table of the Master... Pt3

    One of the stranger sections, this covers positives, negatives & dialectical debates. Starting off with the famous Monty Python `Argument' sketch, the..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)
  • 3.4
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 4: Future Conditional | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 4: Future Conditional

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen looks to the future of the English language with some predictions. Will robots be able to read novels? How much will our computers be able to understand us? Will English rule - or change? And then there's a question about a duck....

    More Crumbs from the Table of the Master... Pt4

    A good section to end the audiobook with, this part looks at how English might evolve in future, with 400 million native speakers & 4 billion second l..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2011 by Tim (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom)