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Unit 6 Information Magic: Radio and TV

Lesson 8. Test Your Skills

1. Put the words in brackets into the gerund form.

Channel 4 to Show Us The Family

A typical British family is (1) …. (worth/to be) the subject of a major new documentary series for Channel 4 that will reflect family life like never before.

The TV viewers (2) …. (can’t help/to wait for) new series of six hour-long films, with the working title The Family, which will be broadcast later this year. Production company, Firefly, is in the process of (3) …. (to look) for the family that is a perfect example of family life in 2007 Britain. They will (4) …. (start/to film) the family over a period of six months to «present a revealing and definitive chronicle of the modern British family.»

The Deputy Head of documentaries Simon Dickson said: «People (5) …. (look forward to/to see) the family as the institution that tells us more about the way we live today than any other. This minutely observed and honest portrait will offer an insight into how a large British family responds to the different challenges and pressures that life throws at them.» Nick Curwin, the Managing Director of Firefly, says: «This is a hugely exciting, ambitious project and Firefly’s biggest to date. (6) …. (to monitor/to reveal) of family life in this way will make fascinating television.»

The viewers will be the judge of that, won’t they?

2. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense form and voice.

Information Please on Television

The famous radio programme Information Please (1) …. (to go) to television in 1952. From June 29 to September 21, it (2) …. (to telecast) by CBS on Sunday nights at 9.30 p.m. Fadiman, Adams and Kieran (3) …. (to be) back in their usual seats, along with two guest celebrities, but that (4)…. (to turn out) to be the programme’s last moment of glory.

The popularity of the series also (5) …. (to lead) to film shorts (19401943) and two card games. The show (6) …. (to satirize) by the zany panel of radio’s It Pays To Be Ignorant.

A variation of Information Please, this time a programme (7) …. (to devote) exclusively to music with the same four-member panel format, (8) …. (to become) popular when it (9) …. (to televise) in Los Angeles in 1953. After two years of local success, Musical Chairs (10) … (to become)

a summer replacement series on NBC. The Bill Leyden-hosted game show (11) …. (to last) for eleven weeks on the national airwaves.

3. Read the texts about television and radio in Britain. Answer the questions given below.

1. How much time do the British people spend watching television (listening to the radio)?

2. How many TV channels and radio stations are there in Britain?

3. What kinds of programmes can people watch (listen to)?


People in Britain watch on average 25 hours of TV every week. Television viewing is Britain’s most popular leisure pastime. About 96 % of the population of Britain have television in their homes. Since 2012, all television broadcasts in the United Kingdom are in a digital format, following the end of analogue transmissions in Northern Ireland.

There are five main channels in Britain:

• two national commercial-free BBC networks, BBC 1 and BBC 2,

• commercial ITV 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 services.

The BBC channels are commercial free while the other three have commercials. All the channels offer a mixture of drama, light entertainment, films, sport, educational, children’s and religious programmes, news and current affairs, or documentaries. The BBC has been providing regular television broadcasts since 1936. BBC television productions come from main studios at the Television Centre in west London and other studios in various parts of London.

ITV 1 is the most popular commercial television channel in Britain, watched on average by 45 million people every week.


People in Britain listen to an average 15 hours and 50 minutes of radio each week. The BBC has five national radio networks which together transmit all types of music, news, current affairs, drama, education, sport and a range of feature programmes. There are also 39 BBC local radio stations, and national radio services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

4. Listen to the text about Trevor Baylis and his invention. Say if the statements are true or false.

1. After studying engineering at college, Trevor Baylis became a businessman and an inventor.

2. Many of his inventions were designed to help disabled people.

3. In 1993, he saw a programme on television about clocks.

4. Many people in Africa could afford electricity or batteries for radios.

5. Trevor invented a radio that worked by a clockwork.

6. Trevor’s clockwork radio was shown on South Africa television.

7. A South African businessman and an accountant heard about Trevor’s invention and set up a company to make clockwork radios.

8. A clockwork radio was very high-tech, that’s why it was a great success.

9. Trevor received several awards for his invention, including one from the Queen.

5. Make a report or a presentation on one of the following topics.

1. The influence of the mass media on our lives.

2. Good and bad aspects of television.

3. If I were a producer of TV or radio programmes …

6. Sometimes great novels or short stories are adapted to be TV miniseries, series or TV movies. What’s your opinion about this? Are they sometimes as good as or better than the original? Write a short essay, support it with the relevant examples.

Left Assessment

Think of your records. Decide how well you know it.

4 = very well, 3 = OK, 2 = a little, 1 = needs to improve.

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