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Susan Jacoby Stephen Fry

Documentaries and other factual programmes[edit]

Fry's first documentary was the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive in 2006.[1] The same year, he appeared in the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?, tracing his maternal family tree to investigate his Jewish ancestry.[2] Fry narrated The Story of Light Entertainment, which was shown from July–September 2006.[3] In 2007, he presented a documentary on the subject of HIV and AIDS, HIV and Me.[4]

On 7 May 2008, Fry gave a speech as part of a series of BBC lectures on the future of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom,[5] which he later recorded for a podcast.[6]

His six-part travel series Stephen Fry in America began on BBC One in October 2008, and saw him travel to each of the 50 US states.[7] In the same year, he narrated the nature documentaries Spectacled Bears: Shadow of the Forest for the BBC Natural World series.

In the 2009 television series Last Chance to See, Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine sought out endangered species, some of which had been featured in Douglas Adams' and Carwardine's 1990 book and radio series of the same name.[8]

In August 2011, Stephen Fry's 100 Greatest Gadgets was shown on Channel 4 as one of the 100 Greatest strand.[9] His choice for the greatest gadget was the cigarette lighter, which he described as "fire with a flick of the fingers".[9] In the same month, the nature documentary series Ocean Giants, narrated by Fry, premièred.

In September 2011, Fry's Planet Word, a five-part documentary about language, aired on BBC HD and BBC Two.[10][11]

In November 2011, an episode of Living The Life featured Fry in an intimate conversation discussing his life and career with Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman.[12]

At the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards, broadcast on ITV on 30 October, Fry, along with Michael Caine, Elton John, Richard Branson and Simon Cowell, recited Rudyard Kipling's poem If—, in tribute to the 2012 British Olympic and Paralympic heroes.

In November 2012, Stephen Fry hosted a gadgets show called Gadget Man, exploring the usefulness of various gadgets in different daily situations to improve the livelihoods of everyone.[13]

In October 2013, Fry presented Stephen Fry: Out There, a two-part documentary in which he explores attitudes to homosexuality and the lives of gay people in different parts of the globe.[14]

On Christmas Day 2013, Fry featured with adventurer Bear Grylls in an episode of Channel 4's Bear's Wild Weekends. Over the course of two days, in the Italian Dolomites, Fry travelled on the skids of a helicopter, climbed down a raging 500-foot waterfall, slept in a First World War trench and abseiled down a towering cliff face.[15]


In 2003, Fry began hosting QI (Quite Interesting), a comedy panel game television quiz show. QI was created and co-produced by John Lloyd, and features permanent panellist Alan Davies. QI has the highest viewing figures for any show on BBC Four and Dave (formerly UKTV G2).[16][17] In 2006, Fry won the Rose d'Or award for "Best Game Show Host" for his work on the series.

  1. ^ "Fry ends row with Twitter critic". BBC. 1 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? - Past Stories - Stephen Fry". BBC. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "BBC Two - History of Light Entertainment (20:00)". 12 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Walton, James (3 October 2007). "Last night on television: Stephen Fry: HIV and Me (BBC2) – Great British Journeys (BBC2)". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "BBC — The future role of public service broadcasting — Stephen Fry". Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Stephen Fry's Podgrams".  Broadcasting. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  7. ^ Fry, Stephen (21 October 2007). "I Give Up". Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Last Chance to See". BBC Press Office. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Stephen Fry's 100 Greatest Gadgets". Channel 4. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Walton, James (25 September 2011). "Stephen Fry's Planet Word, BBC Two, review". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Stephen Fry shares his love of language in Fry’s Planet Word". Radio Times. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Stephen Fry & Bill Wyman". Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Stephen Fry: Gadget Man". Channel 4. Retrieved 7 June 2013. [dead link]
  14. ^ "BBC Two announces return to Modern Times alongside raft of new documentaries". BBC. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bear's Wild Weekend with Stephen Fry, broadcast 25 December 2013". 25 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  16. ^[dead link] Audience figures. Retrieved 21 June 2007.
  17. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (17 December 2007). "Have you got your daily male?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 December 2007.