Describe a TV program you have watched
You should say:
– what kind of TV program it was, e.g. comedy, romantic
– when you saw the TV program.
– what the TV program was about
I’m going to talk about “The Suite life of Zack and Cody”. Well, unlike kids nowadays who have tons of ways to entertain themselves, back in 2005, we were totally glued to the Disney Channel, a popular channel for kids which is loved by adults as well. Not only me, but also my siblings love this channel and we often watch it together in family gatherings.
This channel has several programs. And one of our favorite comedy shows back then was “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, which starred the lovable twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse living in an exclusive hotel. Lasting three seasons, the show even had a spin-off. In the 4 parts, Zack was the funny character and Cody was the smart one.
Apart from the two main characters, this program had lots of other supporting characters and each had their own distinctive personality, which gave the program a wide audience appeal. I have to admit that the main reason I was a big fan of this program was not because of Zack and Cody but a side character – London Tipton, who was an obvious parody of the socialite Paris Hilton.
She appeared in almost every episode of “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and was presented as a ditzy, privileged girl with hidden depth. Another reason is that I learnt countless new things by watching this show. At the age of 13, I learned about how some Western people bring up their offspring. I was impressed by the way they treat and talk to their children as a friend, which helps a lot to bridge the generation gap and make family relationships much more intimate.
1. A family gathering
Meaning: a meeting of family members for a particular purpose
Example: In traditional societies, family gatherings are common to celebrate special occasions.
2. Bring up their offspring
Meaning: to bring up means to raise; this is what you do as a parent with your children; you educate them, nurture them, etc.; offspring refers to your children;
Example: They are bringing up their offspring in a very strict household
3. The generation gap
Meaning: the experience of not understanding your parents or grandparents and them not understanding you, due to being raised during different time periods, in a different cultural setting
Example: They were able to bridge the generation gap by watching old and new movies together and discussing them.”
[Noun] a programme or other show involving characters from a previous programme
Eg: The stage show is a spin-off from a television programme.
5. Side character/ supporting character
[noun] a character in a narrative that is not focused on by the main storyline, but appears or is mentioned in the story
Eg: Most TV series have a number of supporting characters, in addition to the main characters in the show.
[noun] humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing
Eg: His hilarious parody of Hamlet’s soliloquy is going viral.
[adj] having an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich
Eg: As an ambassador, she enjoys a very privileged status.
IELTS speaking part 2 British Council
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