One of the nicest ways to pass the dark winter nights is to draw the curtains, curl up on the sofa and watch your favorite TV series. With the popularity of Netflix, HBO and other on-line streaming sites the choice of series is huge.

Do you like to watch an episode a week or are you a binge watcher? Do you have to get your "fix" or do you prefer to space your viewing out over a few weeks?

Whatever your preference, TV series culture is now an essential part of our "general knowledge" necessary for everyday conversations. So don't be left behind, this quiz will help you to swot up on important plots and themes so that you can dazzle your colleagues during those workplace coffee breaks.

TV series are a great way to learn English. You hear everyday vocabulary, a wide variety of accents and enjoy great stories at the same time.

At first it might seem just far too difficult to understand what's going on, but try these tips to help you improve your listening skills.

(i) Don't expect to understand every word. Many of the actors do not speak clearly because it's part of the character they're playing. Either they mumble their words or they speak with a strong regional don't worry if you only catch half of what they are saying. 

(ii) At first watch just 15 minutes, pause the programme and make a note of what you have understood from the images and then return to the story. Keep watching out for clues which will help you to understand.

(iii) Watch the episode as many times as you like until you have a better understanding. Be like a young child watching their favorite programme again and again.

(iv) "Prepare" the vocabulary that you think will be in the story. Before you watch think which words you may hear.

(v) If you are really stuck, activate the subtitles in English for a short time.

(vi) RELAX AND ENJOY. It takes time to achieve a good level of comprehension in a new language, so .... take your time !!! 

The most watched series ever is Game of Thrones which is known for its complicated plots, huge cast of characters and high number of corpses per episode.

One of the most memorable scenes from the series is known by fans as the Red Wedding. Do you remember who was murdered?

Where does the award winning series House of Cards take place ?

We all know this well known character from Breaking Bad, but can you remember his pseudonyme ?

What type of keepsake does this serial killer collect from his victims?

In which long running series was the main character shot by his sister in law ?

Which Clan, from the series Outlander, does this heart throb character belong to ?

Which lead character in a ground breaking series, which aired from 2001 to 2010, said "I haven't slept in 24 hours"?


Which current popular series is based on real life events and in which the actors bear an uncanny resemblance to the real people?

What is the main theme of the popular series 13 Reasons Why ?

This series recounts the family life of gangs involved in organized crime in Birmingham at the turn of the 20th century. The nickname of this murderous gang is the Peaky Blinders. Why did they acquire this nickname ?

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