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13 Reasons Why

Posted by maribel on 05/05/2017

Another recommendation: After a teenage girl’s perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.

The Unsettling Visual Genius of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

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Parade’s End

Posted by maribel on 13/04/2017

This 5-part BBC miniseries is set in the dying days of the Edwardian Empire. Christopher Tietjens, married to the beautiful but cruel socialite Sylvia, is an English aristocrat clinging to Edwardian values as the world around him seems to change at dizzying speed. He refuses to compromise these principles whatever the cost  – resigning from his job as a government statistician when he is asked to manipulate the facts, and remaining faithful to Sylvia even when she leaves him for another man. When Christopher falls in love with Valentine, a young suffragette, he faces a battle between what he feels for her and what he feels is right.


Find out more about Ford Madox Ford’s books on which this miniseries is based.

Interview with award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard, who adapted the books for the screen.

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Doctor Who – Blink

Posted by maribel on 04/03/2017

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called “The Doctor”, an extraterrestrial being who explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes, while working to save civilisations and help people in need. Enjoy this episode from series 3 of the 2005 relaunch.




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Avanzado 1 26.01.11

Posted by maribel on 27/01/2011

This is what we watched in class today:

And these are the scripts for the Blackadder Scene (handout24) and the (Monty Python Sketch (handout26)


Handouts: Reading “Fim Critic” and Use of English “Famous Explorer”

TB pg. 49 ex. a & b

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Fawlty Towers: stereotypes in action

Posted by maribel on 01/12/2010

Fawlty Towers is a famous British sitcom produced by BBC Television and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975. The setting is a fictional hotel of the same name located in the seaside town of Torquay.

The series focuses on the misadventures of hotelier Basil Fawlty, his wife Sybil, and their employees, porter and waiter Manuel, maid Polly, and chef Terry. The episodes typically revolve around Basil’s efforts to succeed in improving the quality of his hotel and his increasing frustration at the numerous complications and mistakes, both his own and those of others, which prevent him from doing so.

Around the time the series was created British hotel owners often employed foreigners who could not speak English, which often resulted in communication problems with the guests and the rest of the staff. Manuel was included as a representative of these foreign workers. He is a Spanish waiter, well-meaning but disorganised and constantly confused. He is from Barcelona and has a limited grasp of the English language and customs.

Manuel is a less than flattering stereotype. The character’s nationality was switched to an Italian from Naples called Paolo for the Spanish dub of the show broadcast in Spain. In the Catalonian TV3 channel, Manuel’s origin was changed from Barcelona to Mexico. The version dubbed into French also gives his nationality as Mexican.

Watch the extremely funny Manuel in action:

Fawlty Towers at BBC Online.

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