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This week’s language tip helps with key words which are used for talking or writing about television programmes.
sitcom: a type of humorous programme in which the same characters regularly appear in funny situations from ordinary life
drama: any serious programme that tells a story
soap: a type of programme in which the same small group of characters regularly appear in situations that are intended to be similar to those of ordinary life
chat show: a programme in which a well-known person interviews famous people
talk show: a programme in which ordinary people discuss their personal problems in front of an audience
game show: a programme in which people compete to win prizes
documentary: a programme that deals with facts or historical events
the news: a programme that provides the latest information about the day’s events, politics, and other subjects of general interest
current affairs programme: a programme about politics or other subjects that are being discussed in the news
series: a group of related programmes that are broadcast over a period of time: a drama/comedy/documentary series
serial: a long drama that is broadcast in parts, in a series of programmes
episode: a single programme of a series
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A relatively recent addition to the list is structured (or scripted) reality – shows like The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) and Made in Chelsea, along with their many imitators. Beautifully described by Kerry Maxwell here: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/buzzword/entries/structured-reality.html