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Unit 1: Drama: Father and Son

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Session 4

Pip has been found safe and well, but his mysterious drawings have given our detectives something to think about as they try to track down Jamie Phelps. 

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Activity 1

Father and Son: Episode 4 - part 1

Can Pip's drawings help our detectives?

Pip has done some drawings of Woody from Toy Story. What could they mean?

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You know what, Pip, is doing really well. But he’s fast asleep now – I think all the excitement of the day must have worn him out. He loves that toy elephant he’s cuddling.

That’s Mr Pom Pom. So, can I see him again now?

Of course – in a moment – can I ask you about these drawings?


Yes, I got him to draw what he’d seen with some crayons. Look...

Well that’s obviously his daddy.

Are you sure? He said it was Woody.

Woody? Like in Toy Story?

I guess so. Does that mean anything to you?

Err, not really – except he likes Woody – especially his cowboy hat.


There’s something I don’t get. People who top themselves, dads, there’s like two patterns, isn’t there. There’s the ones who want to destroy everything, kill themselves, kill their families, these family annihilators. Then there’s the usual one, dad’s depressed, desperate; kills himself to save his family. In some mad logic. But who leaves their kid by the side of a dual carriageway?

I don’t think he’s dead. I think he’s done a runner. I would if she was my wife.

What’s your problem with her?

Can I have a quick word in the other room?



Your say...

Tell us what you think of our drama. Send us your comments here.

Here's what some of you have 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 3 here. 

Episode 4, part 2 will be available in Activity 2.

Session Vocabulary

  • Useful words and phrases from this episode

    top themselves
    kill themselves; commit suicide

    dual carriageway
    an out-of-town road with two lanes going in the same direction

    making a loud sound like a lion or the sea

    bang on