The Story of English
The documentary series was directed by William Cran, and originally broadcast on BBC and PBS. It was co-produced by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions and the BBC, and was principally funded through a grant from General Foods. The third episode, "A Muse of Fire", won the 1987 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Writing. The series was released as a 5 tape box set in 2001, running 495 minutes.
- An English Speaking World: Discusses how English has become the most dominant language throughout the world.
- The Mother Tongue: Discusses the early stages of the English language, including Old English and Middle English.
- A Muse of Fire: Discusses the influence of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible on the English language.
- The Guid Scots Tongue: Discusses the Scottish influence on the English language.
- Black on White: Discusses the influence of Blacks on the English language. (Includes interviews with Philadelphia hip hop legends The Scanner Boys, Parry P and Grand Tone.)
- Pioneers, O Pioneers!: Discusses Canadian English and the various forms of American English.
- The Muvver Tongue: Discusses Cockney dialect and Australian English.
- The Loaded Weapon: Discusses the Irish influence on the English Language.
- Next Year's Words: Discusses the future and new emerging forms of the English language.
- McCrum, Robert; Robert MacNeil; William Cran (1986). The Story of English. New York: Viking. ISBN 0-670-80467-3.
- ISBN 0-14-015405-1 and ISBN 0-14-200231-3
- The Story of English on IMDb
- "Primetime Emmy Award Database - The Story of English". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- The Story of English Video Series - contents listing, including timecode descriptions at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
- ENG 121: The Story of English — a Northern Arizona University course using The Story of English as its base.
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