The Guardian (and I’m sure other news outlets) reported yesterday that Stephen Fry is to make a new TV series on languages. To be shown on the BBC2, Planet Word is a five-part series on language although apparently “it’s a bit of a secret”. Says Fry:

“Language is my real passion. So, I’m going to Beijing to interview the man who invented Pinyin, a phonetic version of the Chinese language. He’s 105 years old … if he dies on me I’m going to be so annoyed.” “I haven’t seen a good documentary about language, where it comes from, how we speak it, the variations of it, whether languages are dying, whether we are better at speaking than we were. There are so many questions.” (Source: The Guardian)

It will be interesting to see what he comes up with. Watch this space!