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Unit 1: Drama: Father and Son

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Session 2

Our new crime drama continues. Two detectives are trying to work out what's really happened to Jamie Phelps and his son, who have been reported missing by wife and mother, Lucy Phelps. 

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Activity 1

Father and Son: Episode 2 - part 1

Is Lucy a 'time waster'?

Detectives Callie Pritchard and Nikesh Ready are talking to Lucy Phelps, who's reported her husband and son missing. Do they believe her story?

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  1. Interview room

Lucy is texting on her phone to Whatsapp group ‘St Saviours Mums’

Don’t want to panic anyone bu….

Help! I can’t…

Did anyone see Jamie and Pip this morning? They’ve gone AWOL. I’m getting worried.

“I’m getting”

     2. Office

Callie
I’ve spoken to nursery, no one saw him. His PA says he was in and out in about three minutes.

Nikesh
Because he had the kid in the car.

Callie
Looks like it. I can’t be doing with this. The amount of paperwork I’ve got…You know what’ll happen. We’ll spend all day, running around in circles and then come six o’clock he’ll roll on in. Been to the zoo.

Nikesh
I wonder if she might be right to be worried.

Callie
Because…

Nikesh
Feeling.

Callie
Right, well that’s some really forensic analysis there Scooby Do.

Nikesh
I’m going to get a bit more out of her.

Callie
She can drink her tea and we’re sending her home. Nikesh! I am actually the senior officer here.

THE STORY CONTINUES IN ACTIVITY 2

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Here's what you've been saying...

I’ve stared to watch this drama, and I kind of like it. Seems to me like a Netflix series, plus is teaching me English, and is why I’m watching it. Hope you understand what I’ve wrote.😬

Ignacio - Mexico

I've been enjoying all videos from this series. I think this is very useful because they speak like real people. We know in real life English isn't spoken as clear as teachers do. Like Helen Belbin says: "we don't just speak in well formed sentences".

Wilson - Colombia

It seems interesting. I love watching detective dramas, because the science is applied to figure out who is the guilty, that's very exciting

Fanny - Ecuador

The new drama is really nice. I'm sure we are going to have a great show as always.

Haroldo - Brazil

I'm loving this new drama. I think it really has a mysterious atmosphere and quite different from usual BBC learning English contents which I always enjoy doing. I find it interesting that Jamie watched "The Crown" and "The Question Time" the night before. (What? The Question Time!?) Is it something to do with their disappearance?

Asami - Scotland

Downloads 

You can download the audio and transcript for Episode 1 here. 

Episode 2, part 2 will be available in the next activity.

Session Vocabulary

  • Useful words and phrases from this episode

    PA
    Personal Assistant - person who helps you with your job often by performing administrative tasks

    paperwork
    preparing reports and other written tasks that are part of your job

    state of mind
    how someone is feeling and behaving at that time

    forensic
    detailed scientific methods used to solve a crime

    dungarees
    clothing item consisting of trousers and a piece of cloth covering the chest, held up by straps 
    over the shoulders