Just arrived? Here is Stephen Fry’s tongue-in-cheek etiquette guide to Britain


Unsure how to queue properly? If a plate smashes, do you rush to help – or cheer? And just how do you pronounce the name of the Welsh village Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch?

Comedian Stephen Fry has all the answers in a new tongue-in-cheek etiquette guide to Britain.

The video, produced in collaboration with London Heathrow Airport, offers a humorous take on UK culture – set, appropriately, in “a quintessentially British gastropub”.

Fry manages to pronounce the tongue-twisting Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch – the longest place name in Europe at a whopping 58 characters. But readers of our Arabic service will discover this translates to the relatively succinct خلانفاربويغويننخلانتسغيوغوغوخ.

Fry – known for classic TV shows including QI, Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster – teamed up with award-winning scriptwriter Graham Linehan to create the short film.

He said that the video “celebrates some of our wonderful eccentricities and welcomes people to the UK with a good old dose of British humour.”


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