Question 40: Read a text about some young people who write for a TV show and decide if the following statements are True, False or Not Given. Teen writers on TV hit Catch Dan Finelli is a normal teenager from North London; he goes to school, enjoys hanging out with his mates and only occasionally misses his classes. But Dan also happens to be a writer for the popular teen drama, Catch. The second series starts this week and the one-hour episode that Dan wrote, his very first for the show, will be on screen later in the year. This will make him one of the youngest writers of a peak-time drama ever. ‘What’s great about Catch is that the characters are exactly like the people around you,’ says Dan, who also plays the part of Computer Chris in the show. ‘When I’m at school and one of my friend says something funny, I write it down in my notebook and use it later in the script. I never tell them I’m doing it. I just want it to sound as real as possible,’ Dan adds. Catch is about the lives of a group of 16-18-year-olds in a sixth-form college. The school doesn’t really exist, but the whole show does feel very true to life. There’s an episode every week and each one concentrates on an individual member of the group and tells his or her story. The idea for the program came from an unusual source, a father-and-son pair of writers, Ken Thomas and his son, Callum. They took their idea to a TV company and were very surprised when the company said they were keen to make it. Now, Ken and Callum are central members of the writing team but in order to build that team, Ken had to go to theater companies and writing groups all over London to find both writers and teens to advise on the stories. Dan is also one of the actors in Catch.
Knowledge: Reading Comprehension
Explanation: Dan is also one of the actors in Catch.
Info: ‘What’s great about Catch is that the characters are exactly like the people around you,’ says Dan, who also plays the part of Computer Chris in the show.
‘The great thing about Catch is that the characters are exactly like the people around you,’ said Dan, who also serves as Computer Chris on the show.