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Unit 1: Drama: Father and Son

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Session 5

In our crime drama, we now get to meet two people who might be able to help explain the mysterious disappearance of Jamie Phelps. Find out what they've got to say.

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Activity 1

Father and Son: Episode 5 - part 1

I'll cut to the chase

The detectives get to speak to two people who knew missing man, Jamie Phelps, well. Do they have any information that might help find Jamie? Watch this and see if you trust what they're saying.

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This interview is being recorded and may be given in evidence at a later date. We are in interview room 3, at Beltonfield Police Station. The date is 23rd October 2019 and the time 1534. I am DS Callie Pritchard. Please state your full name and date of birth.

Paul Stevenson, 5th July 1979.


Juliet Arnott, 13th of the 2nd, 1988.

Mrs Arnot, what is your connection to Jamie Phelps?

I’m Jamie’s P.A. [personal assistant]. We’ve been working together for seven years. I moved with him when he left KPL and started up on his own.


What's your relationship to Jamie Phelps?

He’s my brother... look, is this going to take long?

It’ll take as long as it takes, I’m afraid. But you are here of your own free will, you may leave at any time.

Yes, alright, it’s just, I have work to do. I’m only here because Lucy… Fine, fine, carry on.

I’ll cut to the chase then, Mr Stevenson. According to Lucy Phelps, your sister-in-law, there is fifteen thousand pounds missing from one of her and her husband’s accounts, money paid to you by your brother. Now, help me out here, you appear to be a wealthy man, why was Mr Phelps paying you all that money?



Your say...

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

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

The drama is getting more interesting. I guess that something troubled Jamie. He is an accountant and dealing with some rich clients. Maybe a financial crime has involved. Lucy sensed or knew something wrong with him. But she doesn't want to speak it out. I am a fan of your English learning programs. I have learned a lot from them. Thank you.
Lucy, New Zealand

I've always loved consuming the BBC Learning English content not just because there is a wide range of options to choose from, but also the REAL GOOD content itself and I'm even more excited to watch this new drama series since I've always enjoyed suspense/drama stuff!!!
Mery, Brazil

Hi I think this thriller has benefited from an unpredictable plot in addition to fine actors I am very eager to watch next episode thank you for preparing it.
Shima, Iran

It's really exciting! I look forward to find out what's happened to Pip's family!
Marco, Italy

Father and son is an excellent option to train my ear. It is about something different and I want to congratulate you because thanks to you I have learned a bit of the English language. Please keep up your innovations and above all, give my congratulations to Helen. I love her. Please, I want to work with the BBC.
Luis, Colombia 


You can download the audio and transcript for Episode 4 here. 

Episode 5, part 2 will be available in the next activity.

Session Vocabulary

  • Useful words and phrases from this episode

    cut to the chase
    deal with the most important things first

    (informal) describes a person who is not brave

    digital currency that uses cryptography to make sure payments are sent and received safely

    public record of transactions made in a cryptocurrency in chronological order

    in (such) a pickle
    in a difficult situation

    software designed by criminals to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid

    get money from someone by threatening to tell a secret of theirs or damage their reputation in some way