Apr 242013
 

Great, easy and short dramas for English learners like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Race (Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne) or the the story about Frankenstein, based on the famous classic by English writer Mary Shelley.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol 1 – Marley’s ghost Transcript Video

 
A Christmas Carol 1 – Marley’s ghost
In this episode, you’ll get to know Ebenezer Scrooge. Nobody seems to be able to get a kind word or even a smile out of him.
A Christmas Carol 2 – The first of three spirits
Selfish businessman Ebenezer Scrooge receives a visit from the first of three spirits. This is the Spirit of Christmas Past.
A Christmas Carol 3 – The second of three spirits
Ebenezer Scrooge seems to be changing his ways. He has learnt a lesson from a ghost which took him to the past and now is ready to be visited by the Spirit of Christmas Present.
A Christmas Carol 4 – The third of three spirits
Ebenezer Scrooge is getting used to the company of ghosts, but here’s one he doesn’t expect.
A Christmas Carol 5 – The end of it
Ebenezer Scrooge has been taken to several different places by three spirits. He saw that if he died, nobody would care because he is a bad man. How will this experience change Scrooge’s life?

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

BBC Short Dramas: Alice in Wonderland 1 – Down the rabbit hole (Transcript Video)

 
Alice in Wonderland 1 – Down the rabbit hole
Alice is an ordinary girl, until the day a white rabbit runs past her, saying “I’m late!” Alice follows the White Rabbit as he runs down a rabbit hole, and a whole Wonderland of adventures begin…
Alice in Wonderland 2 – The pool of tears
Alice can’t stay the same size for more than a few minutes! When she’s big, she cries a pool of tears. What will happen to her when she gets smaller again?
Alice in Wonderland 3 – The Caucus-race
Alice meets all sorts of creatures as she swims around in a pool of her own tears. She joins in a Caucus-race: but how can you win a race with no rules? And who will give the prizes?
Alice in Wonderland 4 – The White Rabbit’s house
Alice is too big to fit inside the White Rabbit’s house. The problem is, she’s already inside it! How does she get out – and why is everyone throwing cakes?
Alice in Wonderland 5 – Advice from a caterpillar
Alice is beginning to wonder who she is, when a caterpillar gives her some advice about a magical mushroom. But is it good advice – and who thinks Alice is a snake?
Alice in Wonderland 6 – Pig and Pepper
Someone inside the Duchess’s house is angry – but who? The Duchess’s baby is making some very strange sounds and the Cheshire-Cat smiles while the cook throws things. Will Alice meet anyone who isn’t mad?
Alice in Wonderland 7 – A mad tea-party
Alice finds the Hatter and the March Hare having a very strange tea-party. They manage to make Alice angry – but how? And do riddles always have answers?
Alice in Wonderland 8 – Croquet with the Queen
Alice plays croquet with the Queen. But what are the rules – and how can Alice play croquet when the ball is a hedgehog?
Alice in Wonderland 9 – Who stole the tarts?
Alice finds herself at a trial. Did the Knave of Hearts steal the Queen’s tarts? What does the Hatter know about it – and what’s that funny feeling Alice is having?
Alice in Wonderland 10 – Alice’s evidence
Alice is at the trial of the Knave of Hearts – and she is taller than ever before. The King asks the jury to give their verdict – but will the Queen let Alice escape without a punishment?

A The Case of the Missing Ring

The Case of the Missing Ring 1 – The Wedding Party Transcript Video

 
The Case of the Missing Ring 1: The Wedding Party
A ring goes missing and Inspector Stone takes on one of the most difficult cases of his career… very reluctantly. Who stole the ring? Can the Inspector solve the case?
The Case of the Missing Ring 2: The Ring
Inspector Stone’s is going to have to work hard to work out who took the ring. What were the suspects doing when the ring went missing?
The Case of the Missing Ring 3: Fight Club
Inspector Stone hides in the garden and eavesdrops while the wedding guests argue amongst themselves about the stolen ring. Will the thief give himself – or herself – away?
The Case of the Missing Ring 4: The ring thief is…
The Inspector reveals what he knows to the suspects… but not before he has reminded them of all their guilty secrets.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein: Episode 1 – A passion for science Transcript Video

 
Frankenstein 1 – A passion for science
“I’m Viktor Frankenstein. I was rescued in the Arctic by Captain Walton’s boat. I’m weak but I have to tell you my story. You are a fool if you fight Nature! I was and I have to warn you of danger!”
Frankenstein 2 – It’s alive!
“I’m scientist Viktor Frankenstein. I’m very smart and I feel powerful. I’m going to challenge Nature and I’m going to create life!”
Frankenstein 3 – Death in the family
“I’m scientist Viktor Frankenstein and I’m back in my hometown, Geneva. A murder and a trial brought me back… Was this woman guilty of murder?”
Frankenstein 4 – Creature meets creator
“I’m scientist Viktor Frankenstein and I had an unexpected meeting when I was walking to the top of Montavert. The Creature wanted to talk to me. I was angry but I followed it to its hut…”
Frankenstein 5 – The milk of human kindness
“I’m Viktor Frankenstein’s Creature. I love this family. They are poor but kind to each other. Will they ever accept me and love me back?”
Frankenstein 6 – Death comes to you
“I’m the Creature and I’m sad and lonely. A child won’t reject me just because I’m ugly. I’m good and loving but if you’re not my friend I’ll kill you!”
Frankenstein 7 – A monster bride
“I’m Viktor Frankenstein. If I build the Creature a bride it will go away and leave me and my family in peace. But… if the bride kills people? Am I doing the right thing?”
Frankenstein 8 – Jail time
“I’m Viktor Frankenstein. What have I done? I’m here in jail accused of murder! When will this nightmare end?”
Frankenstein 9 – The wedding night
“I hate you, monster! I hate you! You murdered my wife, Elizabeth and my last chance of happiness! Now I want to kill you!”
Frankenstein 10 – Melting the ice
“People feared me and hated me and I hated them back. And my creator Viktor Frankenstein most of all. I made him suffer and what good came of it? Now he is dead!”

The Race (Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne)

This drama story is about an unsuccessful author called Phil. Unlike his friends, he hasn’t done much with his life. But all of that is about to change as they challenge him to the adventure of a lifetime.
Each week you can follow the adventures of our heroes and heroines and learn some useful expressions on the way. There is an audio drama episode and weekly summaries to help you understand the drama.

The Race Episode 1: The challenge is set Transcript Video

 
The Race E01: The challenge is set (transcript video)
The challenge is set: This new drama story is about an unsuccessful author called Phil. Unlike his friends, he hasn’t done much with his life. But all of that is about to change as they challenge him to the adventure of a lifetime.
The Race E02: Start the Clock! (transcript video)
Start the Clock!: Phil, has been set a challenge to sail around the world in 80 days. It’s an impossible challenge especially as he’s never sailed a yacht before. But he said ‘yes’ – so here goes! Will it be plain sailing for Phil in his 80 day challenge?
The Race E03: Any Port in a Storm (transcript video)
Any Port in a Storm: The challenge has begun and already Phil and his sidekick Passepartout have run into trouble. Their yacht is leaking – will they get to dry land to get it fixed before they sink?
The Race E04: All at sea (transcript video)
All at sea: There’s a new member of the crew who’s good at sailing. Can she help get Phil’s trip back on course and steer them through stormy waters? Or will it be a case of ‘two’s company, three’s a crowd’?
The Race E05: Land ahoy! (transcript video)
Can this trip get any harder? The crew are trying to find their way around the world without their satellite navigation system. Passepartout has hit his head and needs medical help. They must find land soon – but where?
The Race E06: Find our yacht! (transcript video)
Phil and his friends have reached Reunion Island but pirates have stolen their yacht. Now the crew have to find it. But where do they start looking? And if they can’t find it does it mean the end of the round-the-world adventure?
The Race E07: Shipwrecked (transcript video)
Phil and Passepartout were sleeping like babies when suddenly they heard a loud, crunching noise. What was it and where a
The Race E08: Aye aye Captain Phil! (transcript video)
Phil and Passepartout are reunited with Sophia and the adventure continues towards Papua New Guinea. But there are further troubles ahead involving a credit card and a lobster! You can hear a summary of what happens here.
The Race E09: Plain sailing (transcript video)
Phil and Passepartout are reunited with Sophia and the adventure continues towards Papua New Guinea. But there are further troubles ahead involving a credit card and a lobster! You can hear a summary of what happens here.
The Race E10: Great prize (transcript video)
Phil and his friends were sailing through the Caribbean sea when a huge wave hit the yacht. Have they survived? And if they have… will they get back to London in time to complete their round the world challenge? Time is running out.

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