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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Exemplar A* Response

Rob Miller | Monday July 18, 2016

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General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2017

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Television Game Shows

A* Specimen Exam Response by Edusites Media

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Use black ink or black ballpoint pen. You should use coloured pencils, fine liners and a ruler where appropriate.
  • Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA.
  • Answer all tasks.
  • You should make sketches and diagrams to help develop your answers where appropriate.
  • Do all rough work in your answer book. Cross through any work that you do not want to be marked.
  • Label clearly your additional sheets. Make it clear which task each sheet relates to. Attach them securely to your answer book.
  • You may not bring your copy of the Pre Release Material, or any associated materials to this examination.


  • The marks for tasks are shown in brackets.
  • All tasks carry equal marks.
  • The maximum mark for this paper is 60.
  • You are reminded of the need for good English and clear presentation in your answers. Quality of written communication will be assessed.

Answer all tasks

You should spend 45 minutes on Q1 and Q2, and 45 minutes on Q3 and Q4. All tasks carry equal marks.


    Television Game Shows are split into a range of sub genres:
  • they can target a diverse audience
  • sometimes shows use star marketing
  • often audiences recognise the mise-en-scene

Using examples, and developing the above points plus some of your own ideas, explain why Television Game Shows are split into a range of sub genres.

TV Game Shows are split into a range of sub genres to appeal to the widest possible audience. Comedy Panel Games, like Celebrity Juice for example, may only appeal to an older, adult target audience because of their risqué content and post watershed scheduling. Prime time broadcast Quiz Shows like Pointless, and Pointless Celebrities tend to have more of a mass target audience.


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