Stephen Fry Stephen Fry presents this intriguing programme charting the history of knowledge, how technology changes our relationship with it, and how we know what we know. Knowledge.
The Google generation thinks it doesn’t need to carry much of it around in its head any more. Much has already been written about the internet changing the way we think and learn. But is knowledge less valuable than it used to be? This absorbing programme explores the concept of ‘knowledge’, drawing on a variety of diverse sources: quiz games, psychology, education, news, trivia shows, satellite navigation and comedy. Featuring cab drivers, philosophers, memory champions and members of the Brains Trust, it looks at topics including cultural relativism, language learning and prodigious feats of memory.
Plus, it attempts to answer such questions as: what constitutes useful knowledge in an era when we can find anything very quickly?; why has 'useless knowledge' gained in currency?; and, if Typhoo put the tea in Britain, should we take the piss out of epistemology?
Packed with interviews, debates and a feast of archive clips from the past three decades, this is an enlightening and entertaining overview of the world of knowledge, both general and specific.
Hector Hugh Munro Immerse yourself in a world where the illuminating Stephen Fry reads some of the more memorable short stories of our time. A brilliant combination of reader and writer come together in these short stories available on digital download. Stephen writes "Saki remains, from a distance of a hundred years, just about the sharpest, cruellest, funniest and most elegant short story writer in our language. Hector Hugh Monro, to give him his real name, was an English writer and journalist whose life was cut short by the Great War. His stories often oppose nature and civilisation, with the more macabre elements of nature usually rising to victory. My favourite of his stories is Sredni Vashtar, as perfect a symbolic tale of the power of adolescence as is imaginable. The triumph of imagination, sexuality and life over the repressive forces of conventionality has never been more perfectly or shockingly expressed. The excellence of Tobermory, the talking cat, of The unrest Cure and the Open Window all reveal that unique blend of Wodehousian social comedy with wicked cruelty. Saki is like a perfect martini but with absinthe stirred in...heady, delicious and dangerous. Enjoy". Stephen Fry 2009.
Stephen Fry 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. In addition, he tells us why blue as a colour is a newish invention.
Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie Based on the format of the American TV show Saturday Night Live, this home-grown comedy production was an enormous success and brought recognition and fame to a great many performers, many of whom are now household names. It was hosted by Ben Elton and Lenny Henry. In a series of sketches it introduced us to the talent and chemistry of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie; Harry Enfield, whose two memorable characters, Stavros the kebab shop owner and Loadsamoney became household favourites; established performers John Bird, John Fortune, and Peter Cook; new talent, such as Jo Brand; and in one extraordinary sketch, the Right Honourable Dennis (now Lord) Healey!
Volume 1: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. This volume is devoted exclusively to two of the most talented artists Britain can boast. How to describe them? Stephen Fry: actor, entertainer, TV presenter, writer, poet. Hugh Laurie: actor, writer, director, musician, and recording artist. In over an hour and a half of glorious comedy, we can hear why these two wonderfully gifted men became the world-famous performers they are today.
Stephen Fry 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?
3. Words Without End: Have you been 'bangalored' at work? Bangalored is one of the many new words absorbed by English. Our lexicon is getting bigger and bigger. Will the growth of the language ever slow down?
4. WTF?: What the ? The F Word - its history, culture, and legality. Stephen invites Denis Norden, Kathy Burke, Graham Linehan and Geoffrey Robertson QC to ponder its power. Is its taboo on the wane? Do we still use it sexually?
Stephen Fry 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? In this special programme, Stephen examines many word games, and we’ll hear some familiar voices playing unfamiliar games - Sheila Dillon from 'The Food Programme' plays 'Font or Cheese' against miscellanist Ben Schott. Phill Juptitus talks about his personal word game habits, and we’ll remember the late Humphrey Lyttelton’s scurrilous account of Una Stubbs on 'I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue'. We’ll travel deep inside the mind of puzzle-setter Chris Maslanka and visit the Comedy Store in London to experience the lightning reflexes of some top word-athletes. Plus, we’ll examine an extraordinary claim - which the fashion for increasingly cryptic crosswords helped to defeat Hitler. Stephen Fry celebrates the fun side of the English language in this exclusive extended edition of a BBC Radio 4 special.
Tim Brooke-Taylor, Stephen Fry, Humphrey Lyttelton, Barry Cryer & Graeme Garden To celebrate 30 years of the extremely popular BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game, this release brings together two special editions, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Anniversary Special and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island, alongside the first ever edition of the programme, originally broadcast on 11 April 1972. Whilst the anniversary special features the regular team of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, and Humphrey Lyttelton plus guest Stephen Fry, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island features celebrity selections from the archives, chosen by such famous fans as Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, and Germaine Greer.
John Fortune, Stephen Fry, Peter Cook & John Bird Based on the format of the American TV show Saturday Night Live, this home-grown comedy production was an enormous success and bought recognition and fame to a great many performers, many of whom are now household names. It was hosted by Ben Elton and Lenny Henry. In a series of sketches it introduced us to the talent and chemistry of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie; Harry Enfield, whose two memorable characters, Stavros the kebab shop owner and Loadsamoney became household favourites; established performers John Bird, John Fortune and Peter Cook; new talent such as Jo Brand; and in one extraordinary sketch, the Right Honourable Dennis (now Lord) Healey!
Volume 3: Featuring Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Cook, John Bird, John Fortune, Lenny Henry, Rita Rudner, and Helen Lederer.
Stephen Fry 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’ as well as telling the story of that very successful metaphor for plain EnglishGuests include Professor Stephen Pinker, Sooty, writer Philip Pullman, Professor John Mullan, and radio favourite Charlotte Green, with whom Stephen dances an immaculate tango.
Stephen Fry 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, and "English Plus One" gets inside the minds of people who are bilingual in English and one more language.
Guests include John Lydon, Professor Stephen Pinker, meteorologist Tomasz Shafernaker, comedian and doctor Phillip Hammond and former intelligence man Harry Fergusson.
Stephen Fry Stephen Fry traces the evolution of the mobile phone, from hefty executive bricks that required a separate briefcase to carry the battery, to the smartphones available today. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people on the planet. Stephen Fry talks to the backroom boys who made it all possible, and here's how the technology succeeded in ways that the geeks had not necessarily intended. For example, the engineers who designed the early texting facilities didn't imagine that anyone might want to reply. (Just in case, they added a short list of possible pre-set answers: yes, no, and maybe).
They also thought taxifones and fax machines for your car would be winners. In the early 90s, Nokia, then famous for toilet paper and rubber boots, was on the brink of collapse; until the new CEO made a bold decision to focus solely on mobile phones.... Thanks to Margaret Thatcher opening up the airwaves, Britain became a world leader in mobile phone technology. And today, 85% of the silicon chips inside all mobiles are designed by just one Cambridge-based company. Series produced by Anna Buckley.
Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie & Ben Elton Based on the format of the American TV show Saturday Night Live, this home-grown comedy production was an enormous success and bought recognition and fame to a great many performers, many of whom are now household names. It was hosted by Ben Elton and Lenny Henry. In a series of sketches it introduced us to the talent and chemistry of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie; Harry Enfield, whose two memorable characters, Stavros the kebab shop owner and Loadsamoney became household favourites; established performers John Bird, John Fortune and Peter Cook; new talent such as Jo Brand and in one extraordinary sketch, the Right Honourable Dennis (now Lord) Healey!
Volume 2: Featuring- Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Harry Enfield, Jo Brand, Tracy Ullman, Emma Thompson, Chris Barrie, Emo Phillips, Steven Wright, and Ben Elton.
Stephen Fry Stephen Fry's charmingly misanthropic send-up of the English mystery features an unlikely but necessary hero: Ted Wallace, AKA the Hippopotamus, a failed and disolute poet, recently fired theater critic, and muckraker of modern irrationality, whose war against the unreasonable finds sudden purpose investigating a series of supposed miracles at a mansion in the country.
"I've suffered for my art, now it's your turn." So begins the tale of Ted Wallace, unaffectionately known as the Hippopotamus. Failed poet, failed theater critic, failed father and husband, Ted is a shameless womanizer, drinks too much, and is at odds in his cranky but maddeningly logical way with most of modern life. Fired from his newspaper, Ted seeks a few months' repose and free liquor at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Michael Logan. This world of boozy dinners, hunting parties, and furtive liaisons has recently been turned on its head by miracles, healings, and phenomena beyond Ted's comprehension. As the mysteries deepen, The Hippopotamus builds into "a deliciously wicked and amusing little fable" (The New York Times).