GCSE (B322) Exam Section B

Section B of the GCSE Media Studies exam is called Television and/or Radio Comedy. We will concentrate on the Television option. You will answer one mandatory question, split into two parts.

Please read my overview of the whole exam.

Remember, there are a total of 30 marks available, so spend no longer than 30 minutes on your answers in this section.


Question 4 (a) asks about scheduling.

There are 15 marks available, so spend no longer than 15 minutes on your answer.

The question will be identical or very similar to this:

Compare how and why two programmes were scheduled on different channels.

State the day, time and channel of each programme.

Technique:

  • Start your answer by stating the day, time and channel of each programme, as requested. If necessary, draw a table (a blank table may be provided in future exams). You cannot get a Level 4 mark if you omit this information.
  • Refer to Q.I. as an example from the BBC and compare it with an example from Channel 4.
  • Make explicit reference to the BBC Charter and Channel 4’s Remit.
  • Write in detail and use terminology accurately.
  • Write the names of your chosen television programmes in full. It might not be obvious to the examiner that EOOTCDC refers to Eight Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown.

Question 4 (b) asks about audience pleasures.

There are 15 marks available, so spend no longer than 15 minutes on your answer.

The question will be identical or very similar to this:

Discuss in detail how one programme offers audience pleasures.

Give examples from the programme.

Technique:

  • Start your answer by stating the name of the programme.
  • Use Q.I. as your example.
  • Write in detail and use terminology accurately.
  • Use specific examples from the programme and refer to the main presenters by name, i.e. Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.
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