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IELTS Cue Card Sample 94 – Describe a TV program

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

Describe a TV program which has made a strong impression on you.

You should say:

  • what kind of  TV program it was, e.g. comedy, romantic
  • when you saw this TV program.
  • what the TV program was about.

and explain why this TV program made such an impression on you.

Model Answer 1:
I do not watch TV that often nowadays but when I was a student, I used to watch televisions a lot. There are lots of programs that really liked and watched regularly. In those days I watch mostly news and some selective TV programs. The TV program that made a strong impression on me was a documentary that I watched on Discovery Channel.

The TV program was called “The sacrifice of genius” and it was a serial that had around 10 episodes. I watched all of those episodes and enjoyed a lot. This was mainly a documentary serial which emphasised the sacrifice the famous and genius scientists like Marie Curie, Thomas Edison and 8 other scientists.

I watched the TV program in my third year of my university life. In our local time, the program was broadcasted at 9.00 pm every Thursday. The program showed the life and work of the famous scientists and the sacrifices they made for humans and to make the world a better place. These stories were presented in a fascinating way and were very professionally made. The spectators would have the impression that they were actually watching the real scientists and their works.

I have learned so many things about those scientists and learned the sacrifices they made. Those sacrifices were unbelievable and after watching this program, I could not stop thinking about those famous scientists and their supreme sacrifices. This program has helped me to think from a different perspective that sacrificing for others can be more important than personal achievements like wealth, fame and self-awareness. I later searched for more details of those scientists and other famous persons as well and learned many things. I was actually inspired by this program and started learning closely about the people who made the world a place where we no longer need to live in the dark and do not have to fight the wild animals to earn our foods.


Model Answer 2:
My favourite television program is an old television series which was produced during the 80’s in America. The title of the film was MacGyver and it was an action TV series. MacGyver was produced for about 5 consecutive seasons, and it was considered as one of the top-rated TV serials in its era.

RCTI was the local television station in Indonesia that broadcasted the programme. The TV series was usually played once a week for about one hour, and I remember that it was played on Friday Night at 7.00 pm. So as a teenager during that time, I would have sat in front of the television from 6.45 pm and waiting for the programme to start. On the next day, my friends and I would discuss what happened in it, to talk about how cool and exciting the episode was and how smart and talented the MacGyver was.

The unique thing about it is that the main character, MacGyver did not like to use a gun as his weapon. Instead of using rifles, he used his creativity in creating tools to fight his enemies. I remembered that in one of the episodes, where he was locked by his enemy in a garage. But then with his creative thinking, he found some tools that could be used to open the gate of the garage, and he could escape from his enemy.  I believe that we could learn some positive things from this series. We learned that we should avoid using guns, and we should also be encouraged to use our creativity. I believe that MacGyver had influenced so many teenagers during my era and I hoped that it would be remade in the future.

[ Written by – Darwin ]


Similar Cue Card topics that you should be able to answer as well:

  1. Describe a TV programme that you watched and would like to watch again
  2. Describe a radio or TV program that you like.  
  3. Describe a famous TV program in your country.
  4. Describe a TV program that you watched and did not like.
  5. Describe a TV program you have recently watched.
  6. Describe a comedy show that you watched. 

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