21 terms

Language for talking about television shows

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plot
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
e.g. The characters are great but the ________ is really boring.
plot twist
an unexpected change or development in a story or situation
e.g. It was full of crazy _______ _________s.
episode
one part of a story that is broadcast on television or radio in several parts
e.g. The soap opera is ending after 175 ________s.
storyline
the basic story in a novel, play, film/movie, etc. It can continue over a number of episodes.
e.g. The main ________ was about the relationship between Will and Grace.
scene
a part of a film/movie, play or book in which the action happens in one place or is of one particular type
e.g. The show opens with a ______ in a New York apartment.
script
a written text of a play, film/movie, broadcast, talk, etc
e.g. That line isn't in the original ________.
cast
all the people who act in a play or film/movie
e.g. The whole ______ performs/perform brilliantly.
soundtrack
all the music, speech and sounds that are recorded for a film/movie
e.g. The ______ of 'Casablanca' took weeks to edit.
star
a person who has the main part, or one of the main parts, in a film/movie, play, etc
e.g. She was the _____ of many popular television series.
TV show
a programme on television
e.g. It's my favourite _____ _______.
actor
a person who performs on the stage, on television or in films/movies, especially as a profession
e.g. My favourite ______ is Jim Parsons.
series
a set of radio or television programmes that deal with the same subject or that have the same characters (especially UK)
e.g. The first episode of the new _______ is on Saturday.
season
a set of television programmes that deal with the same subject or that have the same characters (especially US)
e.g. The new _______ starts on Saturday.
character
a person or an animal in a book, play or film/movie
e.g. The series is full of interesting __________s.
main character
the most important person/animal in book, play or film/movie
e.g. There are four _____ ___________s: Will, Grace, Jack and Karen.
extra
a person who is employed to play a very small part in a film/movie, usually as a member of a crowd
e.g. We need hundreds of ______s for the battle scenes.
special effects
unusual or exciting pieces of action in films/movies or television programmes, that are created by computers or clever photography to show things that do not normally exist or happen
e.g. The zombies were created using very expensive _______ _______.
scriptwriter
a person who writes the words for films/movies, television and radio plays
e.g. Most American shows have a team of _________s.
guest star
a celebrity who appears in one or two episodes of a series
e.g. I think Elton John was the best _____ _____ in Will and Grace.
play
to act in a play, film/movie, etc; to act the role of somebody
e.g. The part of Elizabeth was ______ed by Cate Blanchett.
dialogue
conversations in a book, play, or film/movie
e.g. The _______ is always witty and amusing.
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