The Power and the Glory: Fry's Planet Word
Catalogue Number: BBC036
Subject: English, History, Language Arts, Music
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: U.S.
Copyright Year: 2011
Running Time: 57
Closed Captions: Yes
Storytelling has been with us as long as language itself. The desire to both entertain and explain has resulted in the flowering of language to describe every aspect of the human condition. In this program, Stephen Fry discovers what makes a good story, and why some writers are better at conveying joy or horror than others. Topics include The Odyssey and The Iliad; James Joyce’s Ulysses; the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Stephen King (with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson); character in Shakespeare; plot (with William Goldman); P. G. Wodehouse; 1984, Newspeak, and business speak; W. H. Auden and Coldplay; and the lyrics of Bob Dylan (with Sir Christopher Ricks).
A BBC Production.
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