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Unit 1: Drama: Father and Son

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Session 3

Two detectives are trying to work out the movements of Jamie Phelps and his son, who have been reported missing by wife and mother, Lucy Phelps. 

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Activity 3

Father and Son: Episode 3 - part 3

Someone's been found

Detectives Callie Pritchard and Nikesh Ready, are trying to work out what's happened to Jamie and Pip Phelps. They get a call with some good news.

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False alarm.

Phone records show Jamie called three people today. His secretary, 0825, presumably on his way into work. His brother, Paul, 0835, looks like no answer and Arthur Montgomery, 0900, so after he left the office.

Arthur Montgomery? Why do I know that name?

He’s a TV chef. Wears yellow trousers, lives on a houseboat… does Asian food with a twist. We’ve got his book, Denise loves him. I prefer Delia. More reliable.

Alright, we need to speak to all of them. Let’s prioritise….

…Ms Phelps I know it’s difficult but…

It’s all gone.

What has?

The money?

It’s an investment account. I never check it – it’s for Pip’s education really. But… we should have fifteen grand in this account. There was fifteen grand in this account.

May I? So, the money was taken out in three lump sums and transferred using BACS  [Bankers' Automated Clearing System] to a Paul Stevenson. The final payment came out on the 15th July. That was two months ago.

Who’s Paul Stevenson?

His brother. Half brother. Different dad. But he’s loaded. Why would he…?

Ms Phelps…


I need to speak to him.


DS Pritchard. Yup, ok. Where? Uh huh… Alight. Thank you.

We’ve got Pip. A member of the public spotted him sitting by the side of the road – A15. Switchboard says he is tired, hungry, a bit wet, but he’s otherwise unharmed. They’re bringing him straight here.

Oh my God. Thank you. Sitting by the side of the road? Oh my god. But he’s alright? You’re sure he’s alright?



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Here's what some of you been saying...

I didn't expect the drama to be so intriguing. Now I'm looking forward to the next part. The episodes are short but full of brilliant dialogue and the actors are amazing!
Inna, Ukraine

It's a very complete exercise to learn English. Thanks Rob and Team.
Cielo, Colombia

The new crime drama, 'Father and Son' is fascinating. I'm so excited to watch what has happened and what the truth is. Thank you BBC team for creating and presenting the new drama. I am learning English by enjoying the drama.
Sandi, Myanmar

I've been enjoying this drama. Thank you to the team! I think something to do with corona virus..? Jamie and Pip are self-isolating to protect Lucy.
Asami, Scotland

This is an unique way to learn English, I personally think this is an easier way to learn English, you guys try something different and it worked out! Great job.
Vu, Vietnam

Usually I don't like to read detective stories. One of the English professors told me to read detective stories to develop my English learning skills. On that intention I like to listen and watch these episodes. I am sure this will help me to learn. It looks natural.
Cyprian, India

Well, I don't think she is the killer. She seems worried and confused. She even turns to the social media to look for her loved ones while she is being interviewed by the inspectors. Something has happened for sure, always trust a woman's instinct. I hope it is a happy ending.
Rana, Syria

I think that Lucy lies... but nobody knows it until the end but I'll try to discover what happened with her husband....
Bryan, Ecuador

When the wife reads the message, the policemen see that she is not okay. She shows the message which is a clue from a security camera. Jaime was pointed with a gun and he was forced to get into a car.
Maria, Mexico

I really love the new drama. I feel like seeing and meeting with native English people. At outside, we will have to face and hear the normal people saying and talking that might not be as clear as the the teacher speaking. Thanks a lot bbc team for creating new drama session.
Yu, Myanmar


You can download the audio and transcript for Episode 2 here. 

The whole of Episode 3 will be available in Activity 5.

Session Vocabulary

  • Useful words and phrases from this episode

    bricking it
    (informal) very nervous or scared

    thinking about something else and not thinking about what is happening now

    person who prepares financial records for a company or person

    decide the order in which to do a number of tasks so the most important ones get done first

    (informal/noun) thousand pounds