Cue Card # 151: Describe a TV documentary you watched

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 151

Describe a TV documentary you watched that was particularly interesting.

You should say:

  • what the documentary was about
  • why you decided to watch it
  • what you learnt from the documentary

and explain why the TV documentary was particularly 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:

I like to watch different types of documentaries in order to introduce myself to an array of issues that I find both interesting and informative. Today, I would like to talk about one such documentary which I recently watched.

The documentary, I want to talk about here, is called “dirty money”, and it is a Netflix original TV series that very boldly tells the stories of corporate corruption, securities fraud, and creative accounting from all over the world.

Beginning its streaming on Netflix in early 2018, this documentary so far has aired 12 episodes in order to inform the world about the lies and deception of the so-called rich, famous and powerful people. In fact, this documentary very skillfully unearthed the unimaginable scale of corruption and human greed that the world has ever witnessed in its history. Of course, I have watched this sort of programmes and documentaries before but they never went to the length as this documentary to expose the truth.

Anyway, I became particularly interested in this documentary and decided to watch it mainly because it involves some of the biggest names in the world of finance and business. After all, I would have never known about the unholy alliance between a world-famous bank, and the terrorist and murderous drug cartels whose money they (the bank) are happy to launder nor would I have ever learnt about the filthy practices of some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies’ unfair price hike scheme, had I not watched this great documentary. I decided to watch this documentary also because it is produced by an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker called “Alex Gibney”.

Anyway, I found this documentary interesting primarily because it taught me a lot of new and evil schemes of the corporate world to exploit the poor and helpless in the name of actually helping them! I found this programme to be interesting also because it actually has fully confirmed my distrust and suspicion about the so-called corporate world like no other things.

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