Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years – the stories behind inventions.

An epic new documentary podcast series entitled Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years – the stories behind inventions.

The podcast explores topics ranging from the rise of humankind as the inventor, to the astonishing combination of persistence, investment and inspiration it took to create the Gutenberg Press and the communication technologies that created our world. It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.

At just under 50 minutes per episode, the series is solely researched and narrated by Stephen and launched globally on the 9th of April with Episode 1, ‘When we were very young’. Released weekly over six weeks, the podcasts will be available for download from Acast, Apple Podcasts, Google Play and all podcast aggregators.

The series has been produced to sound as epic as the subject. We have been fortunate enough to work with British film composer Guy Farley on the show title music along with a full 75-piece orchestra recorded in the iconic Abbey Road studios in London.

It’s a stunning piece of music by a brilliant composer whose work has recently included The Crown and That Good Night – John Hurt’s last ever film”.

Worldwide Release Dates

Episode 1 – “When we were very young” Now available
Episode 2 – “A Faustian Pact” Now Available
Episode 3 – “Bells, Nobels, More Bells and Prizes” Now Available
Episode 4 – “Raising the Vail and Catching the Tube” Now Available
Episode 5 – “Let’s Play Monopoly” Now Available
Episode 6 – “The Ionatron that wasn’t” Now Available


Writer and Narrator: Stephen Fry
Composer and conductor: Guy Farley
Orchestra: The Chamber Orchestra of London
Launch sponsor: Hyundai (UK).
Grateful thanks to Andrew Sunnocks, Audio Network
Producer: Andrew Sampson
Co-producer and sound editor: Norman Goodman, Motivation Sound
Graphics: SamFry Creative Director: Nicole Stewart
Production: SamFry Limited
Distributed by Acast