Listen to our audio fiction series about a group of young people from around the world who are living in London. Get to know a little about the Big City Small World audio soap by reading the questions and answers below.

What is Big City Small World?

Big City Small World is an audio soap opera. Soap opera is a term used to describe a fictional radio or television programme that often follows the lives of a group of people. The storyline for the soap often spans several episodes and each show ends with a promise that the storyline will be continued in the next episode.

Are there any learning activities with the audio?

Yes, for each episode there will be some comprehension questions, vocabulary and grammar exercises, and of course a complete transcript of the episode.

What should I do if I don't understand something?

Leave a comment asking a question about the part you don't understand and one of the LearnEnglish Team will try to help you.

These materials are for Intermediate B1 level learners.

Listen to episodes from our series


In this first episode our friends meet up in a café.


Johnny, Olivia and Fadi all offer jobs to Harry. What should he do?


Harry sure is good at his job as he doesn’t come cheap!


Sarah will be kicked out of her flat soon and so everyone is on a mission… 


Sarah, Olivia, Harry and Johnny are all looking glum, but Fadi is here to solve their problems.


Joe the 4-year-old nephew - is he a pest or just a sweet little boy?


Magda will finish her degree soon and wants to work in London as an architect.


'I’ll be rich in 3 years!’ Johnny has a vision of where he will be going!


Interview advice from poor Johnny the injured footballer.


Can Magda get her dream job by following Johnny’s interview advice?


Magda receives the result of her job interview, whilst Sarah continues to have problems with her house.


In the final episode of this season, find out about Magda's new job and how Sarah deals with her intrusive landlord. Harry has some surprising news and Johnny has a big decision.


The old friends are gathering around in Tony's café to share some good news. But the café might be closing down soon!


Carlos, the aspiring chef, shows up out of the blue - but he might help save the café.


Everyone, including Harry's new girlfriend, is thinking of ways to keep Tony's café, but Magda's new job is to tear it down!


Sarah knows a "secret" about the building in which the café is situated. Will this save the café?


Bindyu has done something to save the café, but is it the right thing to do?


Johnny is back! But is he back for good? And Carlos is going to tell us something really important...


Our friends are staying here for Christmas. Find out if they are spending this festive season alone.


What are Johnny and his friends going to do for New Year's Eve? Is Carlos finally asking Sarah out on a date?


Everyone is talking about their New Year's resolutions but why does Carlos feel so shy about mentioning his?


Sarah finally agrees to go out with Carlos but they have no idea where to go. And is Fadi really jealous of Harry for spending a lot of time with Olivia?


Carlos and Sarah's first date turns out to be a disaster! What exactly has happened?


Carlos and Sarah's second date doesn't turn out great either. Will their relationship work out?


The start of Series 3 brings bad news. Tony's Café has been burgled! Or has it?


The architect's company Magda works for is listed for a prize, and Magda's design is going to surprise everyone. And how are things going between Fadi and Olivia?


The boys at the café are talking about girls and Harry reveals an exciting decision! What is it?


No one really enjoys the food sold in Tony's Café but Carlos is here to save everyone!


There is a heated discussion on environmental issues. How green are the gang?


Johnny is always dreaming of becoming rich, so Fadi's big idea excites him! What is Fadi's business proposition, and will it make them millionaires?


Sarah is angry with Carlos for working as a chef in the café. Is she going to dump him?


Fadi has spent most of the money that Johnny and Harry invested. Can he convince them to put in more capital again?


It seems that Fadi has secured the necessary investment for his business. How?


Harry wants to meet Bindyu's parents but she fears that her family won't like him. Why?


Business-minded Johnny is busy as always, while Harry has an important question in mind. What is it?


Harry is going to ask a very important question and Carlos has a piece of good news to share. Is it going to be a happy ending?