The Story of English
English history is the title of a nine-part Emmy Award television series and companion book, both produced in 1986, which details the development of English. A bit old but very good.
The book and TV series were written by Robert MacNeil, Robert McCrum and William Cran. The book has been revised twice, once in 1993 and again in 2002.
The documentary series was directed by William Cran, and originally broadcast by the BBC and PBS. He co-produced by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions and the BBC, and was funded primarily through a grant from General Foods. The third episode, “a muse of fire”, won the 1987 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement – Program Information – Writing. The series was launched as a five tape box set in 2001, running 495 minutes. The book and the series have been used in University courses.
Related documentary on this subject in TDF is the adventure of English.
It covers the history, geography, sociology, theater, languages, arts, and more, the history of English takes viewers on an unforgettable journey through the history of English. Host Robert MacNeil travels the world to illustrate the global influence of the language. Part travelogue, part linguistics, part history, and fascinating of all, the series is a unique blend of solid scholarship and exciting entertainment.
Episodes included in the playlist: 1. An English-speaking world, 2. The mother tongue, 3. A muse of fire, 4. Guid Scots Tongue, 5. Black on White, 6. O Pioneer, 7. Language Muvver, 8. The weapon ay 9. The words of the next year.
The Story of English,