A. Listen to extracts from six TV programmes. Match each extract to a type of programme.
a ◻ chat show
b ◻ documentary
c ◻ crime drama
d ◻ sitcom
e ◻ live sport
f ◻ the news
a 5 b 4 c 3 d 2 e 6 f 1
This is World Update. I’m Katy Lee. Here are tonight’s top stories. The Prime Minister has just announced that spending on education is to be increased…
A Johnson! Have you been sleeping on the job again?
B No, Ms Lewis. I was just, er, resting my eyes.
A But there’s a pillow on your desk!
B Uh-oh! I did it again!
A Yes…Yes…Where? OK, we’re on our way.
B What is it?
A They’ve found a body. Next to the canal.
B Do they think it’s her?
A They don’t know yet. Come on, let’s go.
Here, deep in the African forest, lives the green mamba, one of the world’s most poisonous snakes. It spends much of its time in the trees, and adults can grow to a length of over two metres …
A Mark, welcome to the programme.
B Thanks, Jake. It’s a pleasure to be here.
A Now I know you’re over here promoting your latest film, and in a minute, I’m going to ask you about it, but first…
Now Parker on the ball…to Lennon…now to Dempsey, making a run. Lennon finds Dempsey; he’s got room here…Dempsey! Oh my word! That changes everything!
A. Listen to different people answering questions 1-7 below. Match them to the programme or kind of programme they mention.
Watching TV the 21st century way
1 How do you watch TV programmes, on a television or on another device?
2 Do you ‘two-screen’ while watching TV? What kinds of things do you do?
3 Do you normally watch live TV or catch-up?
4 Have you ever binge watched a TV series? How many episodes did you watch in one go?
5 Do you use a streaming service like Netflix? What do you like about it?
6 How often do you watch YouTube, or online channels like Apple? What kinds of things do you watch?
7 Do you ever interact with TV shows by voting for contestants?
B. Listen again. How do the people answer the questions in a?
Speaker 1 D Speaker 2 E Speaker 3 C Speaker 4 F
Speaker 5 B Speaker 6 G Speaker 7 A
He watches TV programmes on a television, laptop, or iPad at home. And if he’s out, maybe on his phone.
She often checks emails or does online shopping while watching TV.
He watches live TV and catch-up, but more catch-up.
She doesn’t binge-watch very often, but she once watched 8 episodes of a series (Mad Men).
He uses a streaming service, like Netflix. He likes being able to watch old films and TV series that he didn’t watch when they first came out.
She watches YouTube if she has a problem and wants to find out how to fix it and for recipes.
She has sometimes voted for contestants on Strictly Come Dancing, and once voted for a contestant who was auditioning for a TV show.
I = interviewer, M = man, W = woman
I How do you watch TV programmes, on a television or on another device?
M I watch programmes on TV if I’m at home, or on my laptop, or on my iPad. I might watch something on my phone if I was…I don’t know…I suppose when something has happened on the news, I might watch it live, or something like that.
I Do you ‘two-screen’ while watching TV? What kinds of things do you do?
W Yes, I can often be guilty of perhaps checking emails on my phone, or perhaps even doing a bit of online shopping while I’m watching TV. In fact, yesterday I was watching MasterChef – you know, the cookery competition – and I bought some small cake tins that you needed to make…to make a chocolate thing that one of the contestants was making.
I Do you normally watch live TV or catch-up?
M Both, though nowadays I watch more catch-up. But I watch the news live, and football or tennis – Wimbledon – things like that.
I Have you ever binge watched a TV series? How many episodes did you watch in one go?
W I haven’t done it for a long time, but I did once watch eight episodes in one sitting of the American series Mad Men. But as I say, it was a long time ago.
I Do you use a streaming service like Netflix? What do you like about it?
M I have Netflix and I also buy things off Amazon Prime Video – is that a streaming service? I don’t really use them for films, more for TV series, like old ones I missed when they first came out. For example, a few months ago, I watched all the episodes of Brideshead Revisited, the original series from the eighties, because I didn’t see it then, but I’d heard that it was very good.
I How often do you watch YouTube, or online channels like Apple? What kinds of things do you watch?
W I sometimes watch YouTube – it’s usually if I have a problem with my laptop or my phone and I want to find out how to fix it, and I sometimes… I sometimes use it for watching people cook recipes. In fact, I’ve just watched someone preparing a fish dish because I’m going to cook it this evening.
I Do you ever interact with TV shows by voting for contestants?
W I Not very often, but I do like Strictly Come Dancing and I have voted several times for contestants, when they’ve done a really good dance. And once, I was addicted to a TV show where the contestants were auditioning for a part in a West End musical, and I really liked one young singer, so I voted for him every week. And eventually, he won, and I remember shouting and jumping off the sofa when the results were announced!
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