Channel 4 to showcase Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year 2017
The special one-off programme will explore our favourite words of 2017, with Susie Dent celebrating the winning Word of the Year
Channel 4, in conjunction with Oxford Dictionaries, will tap into the dictionary makers’ expertise as 2017’s Word of the Year is acknowledged in a special one-off programme produced by DSP on Saturday 16th December.
Since 2004, Oxford Dictionaries have compiled an annual shortlist of the most noteworthy and culturally significant words and expressions reflective of each year, with one word given the prestigious title of Word of the Year. Previous Words of the Year include post-truth (2016), vape (2014) and selfie (2013).
This fascinating and funny documentary will feature a series of lively conversations between some well-known word lovers – including Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar and Aisling Bea – dissecting the meanings and origins of this year’s most interesting expressions, with narration by Jane Horrocks.
This year's most interesting words cover topics ranging from food, fashion, social media and dating to happiness, identity, race, politics and America. And at the end of it all, Susie Dent will explain which word has been chosen by the Oxford Dictionaries’ lexicographers to take the momentous title of Word of the Year.
Word of the Year 2017 is produced by DSP, part of the Endemol Shine Group. Executive Producer is Donna Clark. The programme was commissioned for Channel 4 by Lizi Wootton, Commissioning Editor for Features.
Word of the Year 2017 airs Saturday 16th December at 6pm on Channel 4.
Notes to Editors
Word of the Year 2017 will include contributions from: comics Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar and Mae Martin; Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing; TV presenters Rick Edwards and June Sarpong; social historian Emma Dabiri; writers Jack Monroe and Brontë Aurell; and lexicographers Susie Dent and Katherine Martin. With voiceover by Jane Horrocks.
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