Top English TV Programmes

If English is not your first language, then you should consider enrolling in an English language school in London. There are many benefits in learning how to speak and understand English fluently, not least of which includes watching English language films and TV! However, without a proper command of the English language it can be difficult to properly follow popular films or TV series. Fortunately, with intensive English courses in London you can bring your language skills up to scratch in hardly any time at all. The United Kingdom produces some of the best TV series in the world, and many programmes are bought or replicated on an international basis. If you have been improving your general English, here are a few TV series that you definitely don’t want to miss. 1. Downton Abbey Downton Abbey is a period drama which is set during Edwardian England covering a time span from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 onwards. Soon to return for a third series, the programme follows the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family and their staff living in the fictional North Yorkshire estate of Downton Abbey. Featuring popular characters such as Lady Mary and Matthew, Carson the Butler, and the Dowager Countess (played by Maggie Smith), the series has become a huge international hit. The show is the most nominated non-American programme in Primetime Emmy Awards history with 27 nominations over two series and has a massive British and American audience following. 2. Doctor Who Perfect for both adults and children, Doctor Who has been happily entertaining a Universe for over 40 years. Doctor Who is a Time Lord who travels the Universe in his Tardis battling various foes, saving civilisations, and generally trying to put wrong things right. This sci-fi family favourite has taken on iconic baddies such as the Daleks and the Cybermen, and continues to enthral audiences to this very day. Matt Smith currently acts as the eleventh reincarnation of the Doctor and is intent on saving Earth as ever before. The Doctor is famous for having human companions as sidekicks. Previous well-known actresses that have played The Doctor’s companions include Billie Piper and Catherine Tate. 3. X Factor Simon Cowell may currently act as a judge on X Factor USA, but his programme was first made here in Britain. Every year thousands of hopefuls line up and audition for their shot at musical stardom, and the audience at home can follow them every step of the way. Successful alumni from the show include Leona Lewis, JLS, and One Direction. 4. The Great British Bake Off A somewhat unlikely hit, The Great British Bake Off has succeeded where many others have failed and attracted an audience of millions. Contestants are set baking challenges every week which are judged by cookery writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood. Definitely a show which tantalises your taste buds, the Great British Bake Off received a very prestigious 2012 Rose D’or nomination in the lifestyle category.

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