What TV show are you watching at the moment?
Are you hooked? Can’t wait for the next episode?
Let’s look at some phrases to help you describe a TV series.
- It’s called… 🎟
- It’s a …. show (genre) 📺
- It’s about… 🛤
- The main character is… 🦸🏼♂️
- _ (actor) plays ___ (role) 🕴
- It’s set… 🌎
- It came out… 📆
- It’s based on… 📖
- Basically, what happens is… 🍿
- The best bit is / was… 😍
- The ending is… 🔚
- What I like about it is… 👍
- One thing that I don’t like / isn’t so good is… 👎
- I’d really / I wouldn’t really recommend it. ✅ ❌
It’s called The Crown. It’s a drama show. It’s about the British royal family. The main character is the Queen. Gillian Anderson plays Margaret Thatcher! It’s set in London, Windsor, Balmoral and Sandringham. It came out 4 years ago. It’s based on the lives of Queen Elizabeth II and her family. ⚠️ Basically, what happens is… The best bit was… The ending is… ⚠️ What I like about is the way the scenography. One thing that isn’t so good is that it’s not always historically accurate. I’d really recommend it.
⚠️ NO SPOILERS ⚠️ – a spoiler is a description of an important plot development in a television show, film, or book which if previously known may reduce surprise or suspense for a first-time viewer or reader.
In the description above we have left out the spoilers to not ruin the show for you!
Language reference: talking about TV Shows
a boy who has magic powers / a family who get
shipwrecked / this spaceship that is looking for new
The main character is…
a detective / a chemistry teacher / a brilliant scientist
George Clooney / Samuel L Jackson / Jennifer Lawrence
(Leonardo diCaprio) plays (a guy called Jack)
It was directed by…
Stephen Spielberg / Pedro Almodovar / Federico Fellini
It’s set / takes place… in / at / during…
the American Civil War / modern-day London / China
in the Ming dynasty
It came out…
this year / about five years ago / ages ago
It’s based on…
a true story / a book / an old legend
Basically, what happens is…
The best bit is…
the car chase / when she nds out that he has been lying
The ending is…
really sad / completely unexpected / a bit disappointing
What / The thing I like about it is…
the dialogue / the way the main character never gives up
One thing that I don’t like / isn’t so good is…
the ending / that the plot is too complicated /that it’s a
I’d definitely recommend it.
You really must see it.
I wouldn’t really recommend it.
We often use present tenses to say what happens in
We normally use past tenses to give details about when,
where and how movies were made.
*In conversation, we sometimes use this / these instead
of a(n) / some to refer to characters and other elements
of stories: this guy / this city / this planet / this alien /
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