Fry’s Planet Word

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 9.40pm, BBC Knowl­edge Stephen Fry is an in­dus­try. If he crosses the road to buy milk, some­one will make a doc­u­men­tary about it. The US? Stephen Fry in Amer­ica. Psychology? The Se­cret Life of the Manic De­pres­sive. Na­ture? Last Chance to See. Witty trivia games? QI. Gad­gets? Stephen Fry’s 100 Great­est Gad­gets. Need I go on? All right then. He has ap­peared in more than 20 films since 1985’s The Good Fa­ther, toured the world as a racon­teur, writ­ten plays and li­bret­tos, and stars in the light com­edy drama King­dom, shown here on the ABC, as Nor­folk so­lic­i­tor Peter King­dom. Oh, and when I checked at the time of writ­ing, he had ap­prox­i­mately 5.4 mil­lion fol­low­ers on Twit­ter. So, a pro­gram about words, Mr Fry? Of course. Join your man as he ex­plores the role of ac­cent in cre­at­ing iden­tity. And what bet­ter place to start than York­shire, where ev­ery bus stop has an ac­cent all its own. Nat­u­rally Fry tries his lar­ynx at each be­fore pass­ing us on to the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally live there.

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