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Fry's Planet Word

Fry's Planet Word is a documentary series about language. Written and presented by Stephen Fry, five hour-long episodes were first broadcast in September and October 2011 on BBC Two and BBC HD. The series was produced and directed by John-Paul Davidson who worked with Fry on two other documentaries: Stephen Fry In America (2008) and Last Chance to See (2009). There is a book to accompany the series published by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Group.

Fry's Planet Word
The title card for Fry's Planet Word. A series of tree branches have the names of languages such as "Dutch", "English", and "Germanic" are seen along background branches and "Fry's Planet Word" is in the foreground.
Genre Documentary
Written by Stephen Fry
Directed by John-Paul Davidson
Helen Williamson
Presented by Stephen Fry
Composer(s) Debbie Wiseman
Andy Hopkins
No. of episodes 5
Executive producer(s) Mark Bell
Gina Carter
Producer(s) Helen Williamson
Running time 60 minutes
Original network BBC Two, BBC HD
First shown in United Kingdom
Original release 25 September – 23 October 2011




Focusing on the origins of language with topics covered including:


Focusing on how one identifies through language

"Uses and Abuses"Edit

The evolution of slang and profanity

"Spreading the Word"Edit

The history of written language, from the earliest writing to blogging and tweeting

"The Power and the Glory"Edit

The influence of storytelling and literature on language

International broadcastEdit

In Australia, this programme was shown on ABC1 at 9:30pm on Sundays from 11 March 2012.[1]


  1. ^ "ABC1 Programming Airdate: Fry's Planet Word (episode one)". ABC Television Publicity. Retrieved 18 June 2012.

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