The History of English – in 10 minutes , voiced by Clive Anderson and scripted by Jon Hunter of Mock The Week and The News Quiz, is a light-hearted look at 1,600 years of the language.
The History of English has also been picked up by The Washington Post's Ezra Klein blog and the Guardian's Internet Picks of the Week. The series is also being used as a teaching resource by the British Council.
It is the first cross-platform commission for the Open University's YouTube and iTunes U channels with LTS Media working closely with the Open Media Unit.
The one-minute long episodes look at well-known phrases and how the influence of Shakespeare, the King James Bible and the internet helped transform a small nation tongue into a major global language.
Philip Sergeant (FELS) was academic consultant and the idea was inspired by the course U214 Worlds of English.