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An interesting TV programme about a science topic

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 520 with Model Answer:

Describe an interesting TV programme you watched about a science topic.

You should say:
  • what science topic this TV programme was about
  • when you watched this TV programme
  • what you learned from this TV programme about a science topic
and explain why you found this TV programme interesting.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]



Model Answer 1:

I have watched numerous TV shows on science and technology, and they were all very informative and interesting on their own merits. One such TV show, which I watched a couple of years ago, is called “Engineering an Empire”. Here, I will talk about it.

Actually, this TV show, hosted by famous Hollywood actor and scholar, Peter Weller, is more like an educational series that tries to look at history and culture through the lens of science and engineering technologies while very skillfully representing some facts on how some mighty emperors rose to the heights of power from “nothing”. From mighty Rome to the Pyramid and Pharaohs' Egypt, from Greece to Carthage, from the Aztecs to the Maya, this TV show has covered it all to unravel the truths about some of the greatest engineering achievements that gave birth to some of those mighty civilizations.

Of course, I already knew a bit (just a bit because I liked to learn about the “history” of our world too) about the past civilizations of our world, but when I saw this TV programme, I came to realize or learn for the first time that the civilizations in the past were not something that “randomly” happened, but, rather, it took some meticulous planning on the part of those past rulers and emperors to make it happen. In other words, those rulers in the past were also “practising” some science, which might or not might have been like ours, but they were certainly not inferior to our “version of science”.

This was indeed a very interesting TV show on science, mainly because it managed to use computer graphics, to explore the architectural, political and cultural glory of the past, in such a skilful manner that one would mistakenly take them as “real”. I found the programme interesting also because it actually made me think for the first time that we just might not be as smart as we like to think ourselves to be. After all, we are still being “awed” by some past civilizations that existed almost 5,000 years ago, aren’t we?


Model Answer 2:

What science topic this TV programme was about:
One of the most interesting TV programmes I have watched about a science topic was a documentary on the Discovery Channel about the mysteries of the universe. It was an hour-long programme that explored various scientific theories and concepts related to space and the universe.

When you watched this TV programme:
I watched this TV programme about two years ago on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I was immediately drawn to it because I have always been fascinated by space and the mysteries of the universe. The programme had excellent graphics, animation, and visuals that made it even more exciting to watch.

What you learned from this TV programme about a science topic:
During the programme, I learned about many fascinating scientific concepts, such as the big bang theory, dark matter, and black holes. The programme explained each of these concepts in detail, using easy-to-understand language and examples. For example, the programme explained how black holes are formed, how they behave, and what happens when matter enters a black hole.

And explain why you found this TV programme interesting:
What made this programme so interesting to me was the way it combined scientific knowledge with entertainment. The visuals and graphics were breathtaking, and the programme was well-paced and engaging. The presenters were knowledgeable and passionate, which made it even more enjoyable to watch.

Moreover, the programme was fascinating and informative as it looked at some of the mysteries of the universe. I learned a lot from watching it and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in science or the universe. It was an excellent example of how science can be presented in an entertaining and engaging way.

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