Cutting A Dash

Discover a passion for p'u!n:c-t;u?a"t.i(o)n with comic writer Lynne Truss, asking is a misplaced apostrophe a catastrophe? Is a mere semi-colon as good as a whole one? Has the proper use of the comma reached a full stop?

Episodes

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01The Endangered Apostrophe
01The Endangered Apostrophe2002120320030811
20040823 (BBC7)
20040824 (BBC7)
20050228 (BBC7)
20050301 (BBC7)
20060306 (BBC7)
20060307 (BBC7)
20070108 (BBC7)
20070109 (BBC7)
20070723 (BBC7)
20090518 (BBC7)
20090519 (BBC7)
20100517 (BBC7)

The series on punctuation that inspired 'Eats Shoots and Leaves'.

Is a misplaced apostrophe a catastrophe? With Lynne Truss.

The series that inspired 'Eats Shoots and Leaves'.

02Changing Gear, The Comma
02Changing Gear, The Comma2002121020030812
20040824 (BBC7)
20040825 (BBC7)
20050301 (BBC7)
20050302 (BBC7)
20060307 (BBC7)
20060308 (BBC7)
20070109 (BBC7)
20070110 (BBC7)
20070724 (BBC7)
20090519 (BBC7)
20090520 (BBC7)
20100518 (BBC7)

'A little boomerang', legalese and the Ancient Greeks come under the scrutiny of Lynne Truss in this series on punctuation.

'A little boomerang', legalese and the Ancient Greeks come under the scrutiny.

The Ancient Greeks and the National Curriculum all come under the scrutiny of Lynne Truss.

'A little boomerang', the Ancient Greeks, legalese and the National Curriculum all come under the scrutiny of Lynne Truss.

'A little boomerang', the Ancient Greeks, legalese and the National Curriculum come under the scrutiny of Lynne Truss.

"A little boomerang", Ancient Greeks, legalese and the National Curriculum come under the scrutiny of Lynne Truss.

Discover a passion for punctuation; find out why it's cool to care about grammar, and the correct way to use the comma.

Lynne visits the classroom to find out how children learn to punctuate.

03And Another Thing - Colons And Semicolons2002121720030813
20040825 (BBC7)
20040826 (BBC7)
20050302 (BBC7)
20050303 (BBC7)
20060308 (BBC7)
20060309 (BBC7)
20070110 (BBC7)
20070111 (BBC7)
20070725 (BBC7)
20090520 (BBC7)
20090521 (BBC7)
20100519 (BBC7)

Discover a passion for punctuation; find out why it's cool to care about grammar, and how to use the semi-colon.

Colons and Semicolons.

George Bernard Shaw, Sir Compton Mackenzie and Fay Weldon debate the "limb" of punctuation.

With Lynne Truss.

03Colons And Semicolons
04Listen To Me While I'm Writing2002122420030814
20040826 (BBC7)
20040827 (BBC7)
20050303 (BBC7)
20050304 (BBC7)
20060309 (BBC7)
20060310 (BBC7)
20070111 (BBC7)
20070112 (BBC7)
20070726 (BBC7)
20090521 (BBC7)
20090522 (BBC7)
20100520 (BBC7)

Jane Austen, inverted commas, and a man haunted by an exclamation mark - it's all grist to Lynne Truss' mill.

Jane Austen, inverted commas, proof-readers and a man haunted by an exclamation mark - it's all grist to Lynne Truss' mill.

Jane Austen, inverted commas and proof-readers - it's all grist to Lynne Truss' mill.

Jane Austen, inverted commas, proof-readers and a man haunted by an exclamation mark - it's all grist to Lynne Truss's mill.

Jane Austen, inverted commas, proof-readers and a man haunted by an exclamation mark.

05Punctuating The Future20021231
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20040827 (BBC7)
20040828 (BBC7)
20050304 (BBC7)
20050305 (BBC7)
20060310 (BBC7)
20060311 (BBC7)
20070112 (BBC7)
20070113 (BBC7)
20070727 (BBC7)
20090522 (BBC7)
20090523 (BBC7)
20100521 (BBC7)

Are email and the internet influencing how we punctuate? Lynne Truss concludes her investigation.

Are email and the internet influencing how we punctuate? Lynne Truss investigates.

Are the internet and e-mail influencing how we punctuate? Lynne Truss investigates.

Discover why it's cool to care about grammar, and how our use of punctuation may change in the future.