Mother Tongue

A six-part series in which Bill Bryson delves into the history of Britain to reveal how English became such a complex yet world-beating language.

Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19971213]

A six-part series in which Bill Bryson delves into the history of Britain to reveal how English became the complex yet world-beating language it is. 1:The Angles and Saxons Have Landed.A language shaped by invasion and conquest.

Producer Brian King. Rptd Sunday 8.30pm

* Bill Bryson 's Kind of Day: page 146

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971213]

Unknown: Bill Bryson

Producer: Brian King.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971214]

Bill Bryson looks into how the English language has evolved.

1: The Angles and Saxons Have Landed Repeated from yesterday 4pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971214]

Unknown: Bill Bryson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971220]

A six-part series in which Bill Bryson delves into the history of Britain to reveal how English became the language it is.

2: From "The Wife of Bath" to "The Merry Wives of Windsor"

A look at the way in which English was honed to perfection and then shipped out to the colonies. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971220]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971221]

Repeated from yesterday 4pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971227]

A six-part series in which Bill Bryson delves into the history of Britain to reveal how English became the language it is. 3: Bringing Order to a Disorderly Language. Who invented the rules of English? Producer Brian King

Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971227]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971228]

Bill Bryson investigates how English became the language it is. 3: Bringing Order to a Disorderly Language Repeated from yesterday 4pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971228]
01The Angles And Saxons Have Landed1997121319971214

A language shaped by invasion and conquest.

02From The Wife Of Bath To The Merry Wives Of Windsor1997122019971221

A look at the way in which English was honed to perfection and then shipped out to the colonies.

03Bringing Order To A Disorderly Language1997122719971228

Who invented the rules of English, and what is the rule about not ending a sentence with a preposition for?

04Riddle Me This1998010319980104

A million and one ways to have fun with the English language.

05Struggling With Phrasal Verbs1998011019980111

The language which conquered the world, but which often loses something in translation.

06 LASTEstuary English Rules Ok?1998011719980118

Bill Bryson concludes his six-part journey around the English language with a look at its future.