Stephen Fry has accepted a new TV job with Britain's BBC, just a month after he criticised the network for producing "infantilised" content and shows which are comparable to cheap junk food dinners.
The comic spoke out against the BBC last month (Jun10), insisting the corporation has become known for childish programming rather than hard-hitting dramas, documentaries or factual shows.
He said, "I'm not saying TV should be pompous and academic, but it should surprise and astonish. The only dramas the BBC will boast about are Merlin and Doctor Who, which are fine but they're children's programmes. They're not for adults...
"They are like a chicken nugget. Every now and again we all like it... (British television is) children's television, it's entirely infantilised. It's not grown up."
Fry has now signed up with the corporation to produce a new five-part documentary series called Planet Word which will explore the origins of language.
He tells Britain's Radio Times, "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.
"It's a bit of a secret but the BBC have commissioned me to do a five-part series on language, called Planet Word...
"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."