A work of profound scholarship and powerful storytelling from host Robert MacNeil, this classic nine-part PBS series remains one of the great narratives of linguistic studies-and is now ... See full summary »
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1986  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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John Barton John Barton ...  Self 1 episode, 1986
Richard Bebb Richard Bebb ...  Self - Chaucer Reader 1 episode, 1986
Penny Downie ...  Self / ... 1 episode, 1986
Peter Hall ...  Self 1 episode, 1986
Michael Hordern ...  Self / ... 1 episode, 1986
Robert MacNeil ...  Self 1 episode, 1986
The Medieval Players The Medieval Players ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1986
Christopher Page Christopher Page ...  Self - Old English Reader 1 episode, 1986
Mary Tamm ...  Self - Chaucer Reader 1 episode, 1986
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A work of profound scholarship and powerful storytelling from host Robert MacNeil, this classic nine-part PBS series remains one of the great narratives of linguistic studies-and is now available on digitally re-mastered, menu-driven DVD. Steeped in history, geography, sociology, and political drama, The Story of English has little to do with dictionaries, official documents, or highbrow.

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The best of the PBS
29 October 2006 | by burgephotoSee all my reviews

This mini-series is the PBS at its best. The Story of English is the only documentary mini-series that I watched and taped in its entirety. Since I live on the coastal area of North Carolina, USA and know some people who live on the outer banks(such as Harker's Island), I thought it rather amusing that "translations" were provided at the bottom of the screen for speakers from the Virginia barrier island of Tangier. These people sound exactly like the residents of Harker's Island, so I could understand everything that was said! This is a must-see for anyone who is interested in linguistics and/or history. I heard that it is not yet out on DVD. What a pity!


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(9 episodes)

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