Stephen Fry in America
Stephen Fry in America is a six-part BBC television series in which Stephen Fry travels across the United States. In the six-part series he travels in a London cab, through all 50 of the U. S. states and Washington, D. C.. The episodes are repeated in the UK on Dave, lasting an hour and twenty minutes due to advertising breaks, it was aired in the United States on HDNet. In Australia, the program screened on ABC1 each Sunday at 7:30pm from 9 August 2009; the ratings were so successful that the broadcaster decided to air Fry's other BBC programme, QI the next month. The series was filmed in two segments, the first in October–November 2007, the second in February–April 2008. Special guests featured on the show include Sting, Jimmy Wales, Morgan Freeman, Buddy Guy, Ted Turner; the UK home video version was released by West Park Pictures through Lace Digital Media Sales on 17 November 2008. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions are two-disc sets and uncut. A two-disc Region 1 version was released in the United States in July 2010.
In Australia, it was released by Madman Entertainment on two-disc DVD and Blu-ray on 19 August 2009. A book to accompany the series called Stephen Fry in America, was published by Harper Collins in 2008. In it Stephen writes in more detail about some of his adventures, as well as some of the ones not featured in the show. In May 2008, it was announced that a five-part companion series, More Fry in America, had been commissioned for BBC Four, it was to feature in-depth essays excluded from the first series due to time constraints. No further information about the project has since been released. A four-part sequel series, Stephen Fry in Central America was broadcast on ITV in the UK from 27 August to 17 September 2015, following Fry travelling through Mexico and the countries of Central America. Stephen Fry in America at BBC Programmes Stephen Fry in America on IMDb 2008 Fry Podcast mentioning the series
Last Chance to See (TV series)
Last Chance to See is a wildlife documentary first broadcast on BBC Two in the United Kingdom during September and October 2009. The series is a follow-up of the radio series called Last Chance to See, in which Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine set out to find endangered animals. In this updated television version, produced for the BBC, Stephen Fry and Carwardine revisit the animals featured to see how they're getting on 20 years later. In one episode, a male kakapo, called Sirocco and attempts to mate with Carwardine's head. Sirocco found fame after the video of his antics became an internet hit, was anointed as New Zealand's "spokesbird for conservation". A Last Chance to See special called "Return of the Rhino" was broadcast on BBC Two on 31 October 2010; the programme followed four of the last remaining northern white rhinos as they were transferred from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a protected reserve in Kenya, in a last-ditch attempt to save the subspecies from extinction.
The main aim of each episode was to investigate its plight. In addition, a variety of other animals are filmed on location all over the world. UK broadcast 6 September 2009, 3.31 million viewers In the opening programme and Carwardine travel to Manaus in Brazil in search of the Amazonian manatee. Hunting has reduced wild manatee numbers to a few thousand individuals. On the Rio Negro, they have an encounter with a group of endangered botos, which take food from their hands; the two fly deeper into the forest to rendezvous with a boat, the Cassiquiari, on the Rio Aripuanã. Further upriver, they meet his team. Manatees are known to live in the vicinity, but despite searching the river and surrounding lakes, they fail to encounter the species in the wild. Carwardine takes Fry to INPA in Manaus. At Tefé, west of Manaus, they plan to join Miriam Rosenthal and her Mamirauá team on a trip to release an injured one-year-old manatee back into the wild. However, on the morning of their departure, Fry breaks his arm in three places.
After Fry is evacuated for medical attention, Carwardine reunites with the Mamirauá project. The manatee is transferred to a purpose-built enclosure in a remote river community before full release. By engaging local people, the team hope to foster an enthusiasm for conserving the species. Broadcast 13 September 2009, 3.28 million viewers The critically endangered northern subspecies of the white rhinoceros is the focus of the second episode. The only surviving wild population is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Garamba National Park. Carwardine hopes to return to the park where he and Adams managed to find and photograph the animals 20 years ago; the episode opens with an encounter with a wild southern white rhino, which turns out to be a prank by the rangers as the rhino in question is tame, having been hand-reared. In northern Kenya and Carwardine have a less welcome surprise when they arrive as a conservation project to relocate the northern whites to a protected area is being abandoned.
The pair turn their attention to primates, visiting a chimpanzee rehabilitation centre and tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. At Queen Elizabeth National Park, close to the border with the DRC, Carwardine is pleased to find that elephant numbers have increased from a handful of animals to over one thousand, showing that anti-poaching patrols are working. At this point, receiving news from contacts though the trip, decides that it is too risky to cross the border, as the eastern DRC is gripped by the Kivu conflict, the journey to Garamba National Park, where the rhinos were last sighted in 2006 would involve travelling through the fighting. Returning to Kenya, the presenters join a team from the Kenya Wildlife Service on a black rhino relocation project. After a fast and bumpy ride, they find and dart three rhinos, transport them 100 miles to begin a new population in a fenced conservancy; this episode was dedicated to sound recordist Jake Drake-Brockman, killed in a motorcycle accident on 1 September 2009.
Broadcast 20 September 2009, 2.15 million viewers The third programme is set in Madagascar, where Adams and Carwardine conceived the idea for Last Chance to See on their first travels together in 1985. In Nosy Mangabe, they encountered a rare nocturnal lemur. Carwardine brings Fry to the tree where he saw the creature; the pair embark on a trip through Madagascar to view the island's unique fauna. They encounter brown and ring-tailed lemurs at Berenty Reserve, the discovered Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, the world's smallest primate, in Kirindy Forest. Carwardine is shocked at the disappearance of the island's rainforests since his earlier visit. Timber provides poor communities with fuel and building material—only the unsuitable baobab trees are spared. Slash and burn agriculture and monoculture contribute to deforestation. Conservationists are battling to preserve the remaining fragmented islands of forest by planting green corridors and engaging local communities. In a Malagasy village and Carwardine witness a traditional healing ceremony.
The aye-aye has been a victim of cultural beliefs as well as habitat loss, regarded by some natives as a symbol of death. When superstitious villagers encounter the animal, they kill it to prevent a death in their community. Despite their misgivings, the presenters are charmed by a captive specimen at Antananarivo Zoo; the quest for a wild aye-aye goes on, their perseverance is rewarded with a sighting of two animals in the same tre
The Guardian is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, changed its name in 1959. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly, the Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust; the trust was created in 1936 to "secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian free from commercial or political interference". The trust was converted into a limited company in 2008, with a constitution written so as to maintain for The Guardian the same protections as were built into the structure of the Scott Trust by its creators. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than distributed to shareholders; the current editor is Katharine Viner: she succeeded Alan Rusbridger in 2015. Since 2018, the paper's main newsprint sections have been published in tabloid format; as of November that year, its print edition had a daily circulation of 136,834.
The newspaper has an online edition, TheGuardian.com, as well as two international websites, Guardian Australia and Guardian US. The paper's readership is on the mainstream left of British political opinion, its reputation as a platform for liberal and left-wing editorial has led to the use of the "Guardian reader" and "Guardianista" as often-pejorative epithets for those of left-leaning or "politically correct" tendencies. Frequent typographical errors in the paper led Private Eye magazine to dub it the "Grauniad" in the 1960s, a nickname still used today. In an Ipsos MORI research poll in September 2018 designed to interrogate the public's trust of specific titles online, The Guardian scored highest for digital-content news, with 84% of readers agreeing that they "trust what see in it". A December 2018 report of a poll by the Publishers Audience Measurement Company stated that the paper's print edition was found to be the most trusted in the UK in the period from October 2017 to September 2018.
It was reported to be the most-read of the UK's "quality newsbrands", including digital editions. While The Guardian's print circulation is in decline, the report indicated that news from The Guardian, including that reported online, reaches more than 23 million UK adults each month. Chief among the notable "scoops" obtained by the paper was the 2011 News International phone-hacking scandal—and in particular the hacking of the murdered English teenager Milly Dowler's phone; the investigation led to the closure of the News of the World, the UK's best-selling Sunday newspaper and one of the highest-circulation newspapers in history. In June 2013, The Guardian broke news of the secret collection by the Obama administration of Verizon telephone records, subsequently revealed the existence of the surveillance program PRISM after knowledge of it was leaked to the paper by the whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In 2016, The Guardian led an investigation into the Panama Papers, exposing then-Prime Minister David Cameron's links to offshore bank accounts.
It has been named "newspaper of the year" four times at the annual British Press Awards: most in 2014, for its reporting on government surveillance. The Manchester Guardian was founded in Manchester in 1821 by cotton merchant John Edward Taylor with backing from the Little Circle, a group of non-conformist businessmen, they launched their paper after the police closure of the more radical Manchester Observer, a paper that had championed the cause of the Peterloo Massacre protesters. Taylor had been hostile to the radical reformers, writing: "They have appealed not to the reason but the passions and the suffering of their abused and credulous fellow-countrymen, from whose ill-requited industry they extort for themselves the means of a plentiful and comfortable existence, they do not toil, neither do they spin, but they live better than those that do." When the government closed down the Manchester Observer, the mill-owners' champions had the upper hand. The influential journalist Jeremiah Garnett joined Taylor during the establishment of the paper, all of the Little Circle wrote articles for the new paper.
The prospectus announcing the new publication proclaimed that it would "zealously enforce the principles of civil and religious Liberty warmly advocate the cause of Reform endeavour to assist in the diffusion of just principles of Political Economy and support, without reference to the party from which they emanate, all serviceable measures". In 1825 the paper merged with the British Volunteer and was known as The Manchester Guardian and British Volunteer until 1828; the working-class Manchester and Salford Advertiser called the Manchester Guardian "the foul prostitute and dirty parasite of the worst portion of the mill-owners". The Manchester Guardian was hostile to labour's claims. Of the 1832 Ten Hours Bill, the paper doubted whether in view of the foreign competition "the passing of a law positively enacting a gradual destruction of the cotton manufacture in this kingdom would be a much less rational procedure." The Manchester Guardian dismissed strikes as the work of outside agitators: " if an accommodation can be effected, the occupation of the agents of the Union is gone.
They live on strife "The Manchester Guardian was critical of US President Abraham Lincoln's conduct during the US Civil War, writing on the news that Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated: "Of his rule, we can never speak except as a series of acts abhorrent to every true notion of constitutional right and human liberty " C. P. Scott ma
The Dongle of Donald Trefusis
The Dongle of Donald Trefusis is "a mixture of podcast and radio monologue" written and read by Stephen Fry. It stars Fry as himself, who receives an inheritance from his former university tutor, Donald Trefusis, who has died; the inheritance includes a USB drive or "dongle", which contains messages from Trefusis to Fry from beyond the grave. The series began in 2009 and was planned to run to 12 episodes, but only three episodes were released; the series is the first to feature the character of Trefusis, who appeared as a character in Fry's first novel, The Liar, made a series of appearances on the BBC Radio 4 programme Loose Ends. The first episode was made available to download on 26 May 2009. Episodes were scheduled to be released on Tuesdays every fortnight in 2009, from the 26 May to the 27 October. However, Fry announced at the beginning of Episode 3 that he was too busy to maintain a fortnightly schedule, removed the release date information from his website; as of March 2016, there had been no further news on release dates of subsequent episodes.
In the first episode, Fry talks about the life of Trefusis, his former tutor and professor of Philology at the fictional St Matthew's College and the relationship shared by the two. After The Liar and Loose Ends, the two made little contact, with Fry sending him emails and Trefusis writing postcards in return. While Fry was filming in Madagascar, he learnt that Trefusis has died and has left him something in his will. Fry goes to the solicitors in charge of the will, "Hodgman, Hodgman and Hodgman" - none of whom are related to each other, discovers that what is left to him is Trefusis' collection of essays and the books in his vast library. Fry is given a key, which he uses to open a drawer of a desk in Trefusis' library which contains an 8Gb USB drive. Fry puts the dongle into his computer and finds a collection of mp3 files, which contain messages by Trefusis to Fry, it is revealed that messages are part of a puzzle which Trefusis is guiding Fry and those listening through. Each episode features a series of clues, with extra information being posted on a Twitter account Trefusis has created.
The series is made by Fry's own production company SamFry Ltd. and hosted by the Independent Online Distribution Alliance. Stephen Fry's Podgrams Official website Donald Trefusis on Twitter
Faith healing is the practice of prayer and gestures that are believed by some to elicit divine intervention in spiritual and physical healing the Christian practice. Believers assert that the healing of disease and disability can be brought about by religious faith through prayer and/or other rituals that, according to adherents, can stimulate a divine presence and power. Religious belief in divine intervention does not depend on empirical evidence that faith healing achieves an evidence-based outcome. Claims "attributed to a myriad of techniques" such as prayer, divine intervention, or the ministrations of an individual healer can cure illness have been popular throughout history. There have been claims that faith can cure blindness, cancer, AIDS, developmental disorders, arthritis, defective speech, multiple sclerosis, skin rashes, total body paralysis, various injuries. Recoveries have been attributed to many techniques classified as faith healing, it can involve prayer, a visit to a religious shrine, or a strong belief in a supreme being.
Many people interpret the Bible the New Testament, as teaching belief in, the practice of, faith healing. According to a 2004 Newsweek poll, 72 percent of Americans said they believe that praying to God can cure someone if science says the person has an incurable disease. Unlike faith healing, advocates of spiritual healing make no attempt to seek divine intervention, instead believing in divine energy; the increased interest in alternative medicine at the end of the 20th century has given rise to a parallel interest among sociologists in the relationship of religion to health. All scientists and philosophers dismiss faith healing as pseudoscience. Faith healing can be classified as a spiritual, supernatural, or paranormal topic, and, in some cases, belief in faith healing can be classified as magical thinking; the American Cancer Society states "available scientific evidence does not support claims that faith healing can cure physical ailments". "Death and other unwanted outcomes have occurred when faith healing was elected instead of medical care for serious injuries or illnesses."
When parents have practiced faith healing rather than medical care, many children have died that otherwise would have been expected to live. Similar results are found in adults. Regarded as a Christian belief that God heals people through the power of the Holy Spirit, faith healing involves the laying on of hands, it is called supernatural healing, divine healing, miracle healing, among other things. Healing in the Bible is associated with the ministry of specific individuals including Elijah and Paul. Christian physician Reginald B. Cherry views faith healing as a pathway of healing in which God uses both the natural and the supernatural to heal. Being healed has been described as a privilege of accepting Christ's redemption on the cross. Pentecostal writer Wilfred Graves, Jr. views the healing of the body as a physical expression of salvation. Matthew 8:17, after describing Jesus exorcising at sunset and healing all of the sick who were brought to him, quotes these miracles as a fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 53:5: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases".
Those Christian writers who believe in faith healing do not all believe that one's faith presently brings about the desired healing. "our faith does not effect your healing now. When you are healed rests on what the sovereign purposes of the Healer are." Larry Keefauver cautions against allowing enthusiasm for faith healing to stir up false hopes. "Just believing hard enough, long enough or strong enough will not strengthen you or prompt your healing. Doing mental gymnastics to'hold on to your miracle' will not cause your healing to manifest now." Those who lay hands on others and pray with them to be healed are aware that healing may not always follow immediately. Proponents of faith healing say it may come and it may not come in this life. "The truth is that your healing may manifest in eternity, not in time". Parts of the four gospels in the New Testament say that Jesus cured physical ailments well outside the capacity of first-century medicine. One example is the case of "a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, who had suffered much under many physicians, had spent all that she had, was not better but rather grew worse".
After healing her, Jesus tells her "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace! Be cured from your illness". At least two other times Jesus credited the sufferer's faith as the means of being healed: Mark 10:52 and Luke 19:10. Jesus endorsed the use of the medical assistance of the time when he told the parable of the Good Samaritan, who "bound up wounds, pouring on oil and wine" as a physician would. Jesus told the doubting teacher of the law to "go, do likewise" in loving others with whom he would never ordinarily associate; the healing in the gospels is referred to as a "sign" to prove Jesus' divinity and to foster belief in him as the Christ. However, when asked for other types of miracles, Jesus refused some but granted others in consideration of the motive of the request; some theologians' understanding is. Sometimes he determines. Jesus told his followers to heal the sick and stated that signs such as healing are evidence of faith. Jesus told his follo
The Hippopotamus (film)
The Hippopotamus is a 2017 British film, adapted from Stephen Fry's 1994 novel of the same name. Filmed in 2015 under the direction of John Jenks, the film chronicles a poet, summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles. Edward "Ted" Wallace is former poet. Having not written a poem since 1987, he is stuck writing reviews of small-time plays, wallowing in his bath, compulsively drinking. After a dispute at a poorly-performed play leads to him being fired from his position as a critic, Ted runs into his goddaughter Jane, who lavishly pays him to investigate a series of miracles occurring at her family's manor in light of her unexplained apparent recovery from leukaemia. At the manor, owned by his former friend Lord Michael Logan, Ted becomes acquainted with his sixteen-year-old godson, who displays an unusual amount of fascination with both sex and nature. At the manor is David's brother Simon, Michael's angina-afflicted friend Oliver, who hopes to obtain funding for his upcoming play, Valerie Richmond, a wealthy Frenchwoman who seeks to purchase one of the manor's horses, for her awkward daughter Clara, accompanying her.
For the next few days, Ted becomes acquainted with the manor's residents, encountering conflict between his abrasive attitude and the others' perky optimism, while David converses with Ted about both his interests and his ambitions of becoming a fellow poet. One day, Lilac mysteriously falls ill of what appears to be ragwort poisoning, something which strikes Michael and Simon as odd since ragwort doesn't grow in the area. While Michael and company despair over the possibility of having to euthanise Lilac, Ted learns from various members of his godfamily that the miracles he was sent to investigate were performed by David himself. According to this account, David had healed his mother from a severe asthma attack by touching her when Simon's CPR seemed ineffective, cured Jane's leukemia over the course of a few days through the same method; the following day, David appears to perform more miracles by curing Lilac's ragwort poisoning and Oliver's angina, leading Valerie to pursue him in hopes of improving Clara's appearance.
David, has gone missing, leading to a widespread search across the manor's grounds. Ted sights David and Clara running into the woods afterwards and gives chase, only to find Clara performing fellatio on David. A bewildered Ted chooses to observe them as an ejaculating David tries to coerce Clara into swallowing his semen. After Simon takes Clara back to the manor, Ted comes out of hiding and drives a bleeding David to the hospital. On the way back, David explains to Ted that he believes his healing powers come from his moral purity and a spiritual connection with nature, channelled though his hands and his bodily fluids. Once Ted returns to the manor, he is confronted by Michael's ex-fiancee Rebecca, who bears a grudge against Ted for him publicly humiliating Michael on live television many years prior. However, he comes to an unexpected realisation when he accidentally knocks over and smashes his whisky bottle; the following evening, the manor's residents agree to publicly announce David's miraculous healing abilities, only for Ted to refute all of them as mere coincidence.
Ted explains that the breaking of his whisky bottle led him to realise that Lilac's poisoning was a hangover from drinking the contents of a bottle he dropped in an outdoor bucket from earlier in the film, that Simon's CPR had proved effective in rescuing his mother during her asthma attack, that Jane's recovery from leukemia was a natural quieting of its symptoms. Ted further reveals David's confidence in his semen's abilities, that this led him to have morally-dubious sex with Jane and Oliver. Ted's acidic lecture both disgusts and angers the residents of the manor and leads an eavesdropping David to attempt suicide by burying himself alive. However, the others discover David's absence and rescue him, before Ted is forced to deliver the unfortunate news that Jane's leukemia has killed her; some time passes, the group has moved on from the events of that night. At Jane's funeral, David explains to Ted that his new "normal" life is one of hard work, Ted's experiences from the summer at Michael's manor have reignited his sense of wonder.
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A Bit of Fry & Laurie
A Bit of Fry & Laurie is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring former Cambridge Footlights members Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast on both BBC1 and BBC2 between 1989 and 1995. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 36-minute pilot episode in 1987; as in The Two Ronnies, elaborate wordplay and innuendo were staples of its material. It broke the fourth wall. In addition, the show was punctuated with non-sequitur vox pops in a similar style to those of Monty Python's Flying Circus making irrelevant statements based on wordplay. Laurie was seen playing piano and a wide variety of other instruments and singing comical numbers; the 36-minute pilot was broadcast on BBC1 at 11.55pm on Boxing Day 1987, although it was edited down to 29 minutes for repeat transmissions. The full version is intact on the Series 1 DVD, it was the first pilot Fry and Laurie had produced for the BBC since 1983. The show began its full run at 9pm on Friday 13 January 1989.
The first three series were screened on BBC2, the traditional home for the BBC's sketch shows, while the fourth series switched to the mainstream BBC1. The last series was the least well-received, for a number of reasons: BBC1 was not the best place to showcase Fry and Laurie's arch humour. One reviewer said that owing to this, Fry got more of the laughs, while Laurie was relegated to the "straight man" role. From series 1–3 there were several occasional guest artists, before they were made a permanent fixture during series 4, including Selina Cadell, Paul Eddington, Nigel Havers, Rowan Atkinson, Nicholas Parsons, Rebecca Saire, Gary Davies and Colin Stinton; the show did not shy away from commenting on issues of the day. A sketch in the second series, in which a Conservative government minister is strangled while Stephen Fry screams at him "What are you doing to the television system? What are you doing to the country?", is an attack on the Broadcasting Act of 1990 and the perceived motivations of those who supported it.
The pair would attack what they saw as the Act's malign aftereffects in the sketch "It's a Soaraway Life", a parody of It's a Wonderful Life evoking a world in which Rupert Murdoch had not existed. The series made numerous jokes at the expense of the Tory prime ministers of the time, Margaret Thatcher and John Major, one sketch depicted a televised "Young Tory of the Year" competition in which a young Conservative recites a deliberately incoherent speech consisting only of nonsense political buzzwords, such as "family values" and "individual enterprise". Noel Edmonds was a frequent target. During a sketch where Fry had removed Laurie's brain, Laurie came out and said that he had just finished watching Noel Edmonds and that he is fantastic. Originating from the children's TV show Romper Room, each episode of Series 3 and 4 ends with Stephen Fry preparing a ridiculously named and more ridiculously concocted cocktail. Fry entreats Laurie to play the closing theme by saying, "Please, Mr Music, will you play?"
He shakes the cocktail while dancing eccentrically and serves it to Laurie or the guest performers, while Laurie plays the piano and imitates the sound of a muted trombone. Both in Series 3 and 4, Fry precedes the question with silly introductions: "I say, as I like to on these occasions, those six refreshing words that unlock the door to sophisticated evening happiness. I say:" "And now into the cocktail shaker of my mouth I throw these six words: You Please Music Mr Will Play. I give a brief shake, I pour out this golden phrase:" "And as I prepare your Swinging Ballsacks, I ask this question, in accordance with known principles:" "While I mix these, I turn to the debonair doyen of the dance and I ask as askingly as I might this ask:" "But somewhere, you might be inspired to add one small, caring cherry of hope. I wonder. While you decide, I will entreat for the finalest of last, last times, this entreaty of m'colleague, Britain's own melody man, as I say to him, please, oh:" The catchphrase "soupy twist" is said by both Laurie and Fry at the end of each episode of series 3 and 4, in a manner similar to'cheers'.
A running joke had one character adding "if you'll pardon the pun" mid-conversation, when there had, in fact, been no pun uttered. The second character, would say, "What pun?" and the first character would say, "Oh, wasn't there one? I'm sorry", resume the conversation. "M'colleague" is a phrase that Fry and Laurie began using during the second series to refer to each other. Both have since used this phrase outside the series to refer to the other, for example on chat shows, the dedication in Fry's novel The Stars' Tennis Balls which reads "To m'colleague", as well as the one in his second autobiography, The Fry Chronicles, which reads "To m'coll". A running gag in which either Fry or Laurie, after mentioning another charact