IELTS Cue Card Sample 437 - Most popular TV shows in your country

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe one of the most popular TV shows in your country.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what it is about
  • what you like /dislike about it

and explain why it is so popular in your country.

Sample Answer 1:
‘Far from the line’ is a very popular TV show in our country among more than 20 million viewers who enjoy this show a lot. In a recent online poll, this TV programme was selected as the second most popular TV show of all time in our country.

This is an investigative news story programme that deals with the crime and unlawful activities in our society as well as important events in history. Some of the episodes deal with the details and facts on notorious events of history. Other episodes introduce unjust and crimes happening around us. It also alerts us about the types of crimes common in our country and notifies us about the corruptions. Sometimes, this programme interviews famous lawyers, politicians, law-enforcing members, witnesses and victims to give more details about a crime. Finally, some episodes present the backgrounds of a murder or a heinous crime that got media attentions. Thus the topic of this programme has a great variety but the objective remains the same-  aware people. To unveil a crime and to aware people is the main reason this programme is aired and this is a successful TV programme so far.

I like the way this programme is presented and the news presenters, anchors and investigators are quite brilliant and the composition of different events in this programme is actually remarkable. I like the idea of informing people about law, crime, criminals and the social unjust. In my opinion, this programme is quite helpful to inform citizens about the type of crimes they should be more cautious about.  It also explains the basic laws, civil rights and how to inform authority in case anyone has information about a probable crime or unjust. The way this programme is presented and the variations and exciting facts the programme makers can bring in each new episode is really praiseworthy and the main reason for its popularity. People in my country love programmes that educate people and are entertaining at the same time. The programme ‘Far from the line’ is a perfect blend of important news, messages, excitement and entertainment and this, in my opinion, is the mantra of its popularity.

Sample Answer 2:
The television shows is one of the important sources of entertainment in Australia. A large number of viewers enjoy television shows.
'Underbelly' was one the shows that gained huge popularity across the country. Now I will discuss the show in detail and would like to thank you for the time you allowed me to talk about this topic.

'Underbelly' is a crime drama series. The series has been made based on some true stories of Australian underworld. All of the events shown in the series were adapted from real-life facts. Hence, the series gained fame among the viewers. A total of six series has been aired so far and another series is on a card for broadcast in 2017. For its huge popularity in Australia, decisions were made to remake a US series over the same theme. But the stories would be different. They will deal with the US gangsters.

The series is about crime stories of Australian underworld. A good number of things happen in the underworld but not all of them are made public. The range of such events varies from simple corruption to murder. The show mostly focuses on the issues that may appear attractive to the audiences. The first series was made based on a book about Australian underworld. The book was written by two brave journalists of the country who did not fear to expose the real events. The title was borrowed from another series compilation of the same name and authors. The entire series has been made based on books and novels by different authors published at different times. Each of the books was based on specific gangsters and their activities.

I like the series for some reasons. First of all, they are about the real-life events of the gangsters. Usually, people have some usual notions about the life of gangsters – how they live, how they deal with people, how they commit crimes and more. Hence, the series is really interesting. Besides, the series also showed how the gangsters survived in different situations. The interesting part was their imprisonment. The capturing scenes and desperate gun fights also attracted me. in fact, it was their attempt to survive from the situations and being captured by the law enforcers. Besides, I like it most as there were variations on each of the seasons. Dealing with the drug smugglers and outlaws, manhunt etc. appeared really exciting to me.

'Underbelly' is popular in Australia for various reasons. The top most influential cause behind its popularity is the real-life issues. Usually, people in the country are busy with their respective tasks and have less time to spend for their entertainment. The time they get is merely enough to derive pleasure from indoor and outdoor activities. So, the television shows are the only ways to be entertained and this show is really an excellent one. The plots are attractive and thrilling as well. The manhunt, infiltration of law enforcers in the gangs, dealing with gang members, murders of police, Mafia activities and their revenge etc. everything has been portrayed as they are in real-life. Hence, the series gained its attraction among the nationwide audiences.


Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. How popular is watching television in your country?

Q. Tell me about the types of program that are generally on television in your country.

Q. In your opinion which one is better- state or private television?

Q. What negative influences television can have on children?

Q. Do you think TV programmes are gaining more popularity these days?

Q. what type of television programmes can create controversy among people?

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