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Situation Comedy Controlled Test Mock Higher Tier Page Two

Keith Langton | Thursday June 18, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Other Topics, Situation Comedy, Staffroom, Mocks

1. History / Research Question (25 marks)

There has been a marked decline in the situation comedy genre since its heyday of the 1970s. Today there are very few comedy programmes that follow the traditional conventions of the situation comedy.

  • Use the research that you have done on at least THREE sitcoms to explain what the traditional conventions of the television sitcom are – ONE of your chosen sitcoms must be from the UK, ONE from the US and the third may be from either.
  • Demonstrate how you think the genre has diversified in the UK and the United States since the 1960s.
  • You may wish to discuss how the leading television sitcoms on each side of the Atlantic have differed in terms of their central characters and themes.

2. Audience / Themes Question (25 marks)

What makes people laugh?

  • Using your research into sitcoms, demonstrate how different types of humour have been used by television programme makers.
  • Have the things that audiences laugh at changed over the years, in your opinion? Give examples from sitcoms that your have studied to explain your answer.
  • Do you feel that a certain sort of humour appeals more to certain audiences? Do television programme makers attract certain target audiences with a particular type of humour? Explain your answer using examples.

3. Production Question #1 (25 marks)

Our planned new sitcom needs to appeal to both male and female audiences particularly between the ages of 14-18.

Produce the following design drafts (these can be written or illustrated or both) to help us with our programme planning:

  • A title for the sitcom
  • What the “sell? / theme will be – for example Last of the Summer Wine could be described as: “Three older men behaving badly? – three older men living in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales get up to all sorts of mischief, pranks and romance; The Vicar of Dibley could be described as: “A woman Vicar? Outrageous!? – the arrival of a woman vicar in a small village...

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