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Star Wars premiere

Episode 151215 / 15 Dec 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) The new Star Wars film includes many actors who performed in the first series of films 30 years ago.

b) The actors who appeared in the original Star Wars films now play robots and stormtroopers.

c) The new Star Wars film includes many actors who have not appeared in a movie for 30 years.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are four definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

red carpet
long, red floor covering for important guests to walk on at official events

premiere
first performance of a play or film

stars
(here) features

trilogy
series of three stories

Step 3: Transcript and answer

With a march past of stormtroopers and the robots C3PO and R2D2 rolling down the red carpet, the seventh Star Wars film has had its world premiere in Hollywood.

The movie, The Force Awakens, stars many of the actors who appeared in the original science fiction trilogy, more than 30 years ago.

Answer

a) The new Star Wars film includes many actors who performed in the first series of films 30 years ago.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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