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Unit 1: Drama: Father and Son

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Session 8

The body of missing man, Jamie Phelps, has been found on the beach. The detectives now need to work out the time he fell from the cliffs. Was it suicide or did someone push him - and if he was pushed, who did it and why? Keep following our exciting crime drama, Father and Son.

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Activity 2

Father and Son: Episode 8 - part 2

Tide times

Nikesh discovers something that might help to identify when Jamie's body landed on the beach. Do you agree with his facts?


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I’ve got something!


What are you doing?

Trying to clear my head. What have you got?!

You know how the body was wet, right? It had been high tide, but the water had receded by the time the body was found?


Look at these pictures.

What is it I’m…?

Look at the rocks, and the lichen.


It’s the tide line. Jamie’s body was found at the point just before the tide line. The water’s only in that spot for half an hour or so. I’ve looked at the tide tables.

So if the body was wet…

…It means he fell between 12:13 and 12:43.

That is precise. The text to Lucy was sent at 12:40.

So, he could have sent the text and then jumped. Or, you know, it could have taken a while to send. It’s a windy spot, reception isn’t great… 

But if you were going to send that text, and you’re about to jump, would you not wait until you know that it had been sent? Has anyone switched his phone on?

Yes. It was locked.

But it came on?

Yeah, it comes on, asks for a passcode, switches off again when it doesn’t get one.

I’ve dropped three phones in the bath. They all died. That phone is not wet. Look - the case is leather. We’ll get speedy down at forensics to check for salt deposits but… I think that phone was thrown after Jamie fell.



Your say...

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

Thanks for all your comments. Here's what some of you have been saying...

The actors are great in their performances and the mystery in each episode gets more interesting. Thanks a lot for this kind of programme.
Manuel, Chile

I think P.A of Jamie Phelps is way too interested in him and close to him in a diffirent way. She knows him very well and apparently every step he takes, even though his wife doesn’t. I think there is an affair between them and his wife knows it all. I think that she had known money was gone long before his disappearance, she planned all of this ransomware to blackmail him and when he had paid the money she got furious - maybe she killed him because she wasn’t expecting him to pay the money. And I think Arthur Montogomery helped him out with the loan because they were actually close, like he said, or maybe he was scared for this privacy.
Shay, Turkey

I think the chef is the most suspicious. He wears a cowboy hat on the cover of his cuisine book, like... Woody. Maybe he is directly implicated in the crime and Pip saw him!
Michela, Italy

I really love these new episodes of the crime drama. Thanks for what you've been making for the learners like me☺☺☺
Felizardo, Angola

I'm fond of this series . As I'm a big fan of crime drama and the British accent, I found this series absolutely astonishing. Thank you so much BBC and I hope you keep going.
Amani, Saudi Arabia

I'm enthusiastic about this way of learning English. Please, after the end of this drama involve us with another one.
Perfetti, Italy

I am greatly delighted with your new detective drama Father and Son! I have been following most of them with my student, but this one struck me with! superb acting and I felt as if it were a real life story. I am really looking forward to the next episodes.
Irene, Russia


You can download the audio and transcript for Episode 7 here. 

Episode 8, part 3 will be available in the next activity.

Session Vocabulary

  • Useful words and phrases from this episode

    clicks into place
    suddenly makes sense/becomes easy to understand

    medical examination of a dead body to find out why the person died

    high tide
    time when the the sea level is at its highest at a certain point