A fifth series from BBC Radio 4, in which Stephen Fry examines, with the help of experts, the highways and byways of the English language. In these four episodes he tells 'The Story of X': a letter holy and profane, sexy and chaste; discusses intonation, the "song" of English, and how cadence affects meaning; muses on the art and craft of conversation - and whether true conversation can happen on TV and radio - and ponders the meaning of meaning and the gap between brain and mouth that means language can never truly represent thought. In addition, he tells us why blue as a colour is a newish invention.
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Fry's English Delight is both informative and entertaining, and therefore supremely enjoyable.
This isn't a novel, so I don't think choosing a favorite character makes sense, but Stephen is a marvelous character in real life.
Stephen Fry does a very good job of narrating and participating in discussions. Like his other narrations, this is superb.
This question might not really be applicable for this program, but the whole thing is enjoyable.