The Paradise script
The Paradise  Season #2 Episode #16 (2012)
Synopsis: The Paradise is a British television costume drama series co-produced by BBC Worldwide America and Masterpiece. The Paradise premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 25 September 2012 and premiered in the United States on PBS on 6 October 2013. The series is an adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Au Bonheur des Dames that relocates the story to North East England.

EXT. TOLLGATE STREET - DAY 1

Close on the sign above the shop: Lovett’s Drapery.

EDMUND is staring up at it, mesmerised by it.

DENISE passing, full of purpose.

DENISE:

What are you doing, Uncle?

EDMUND:

Having your name above a shop --

it’s no small thing.

DENISE:

(laughs)

You’ve only just noticed?

She passes on and into the store.

EDMUND shakes off the regret that haunts him.

MORAY and DUDLEY on the move. DUDLEY teasing MORAY.

DUDLEY:

You’ve forgotten, haven’t you.

MORAY:

Clearly I have or I would know what

you are talking about.

DUDLEY:

Five years. This week. Five years

since that sign went up -- since

this place stopped being Emmerson’s

Drapery and became The Paradise.

MORAY finds himself looking up at his sign.

2

EXT. THE MAZE. GARDENS. BELVILLE HOUSE - DAY 2

FLORA in the maze, running, enjoying herself.

She turns a corner and is startled to find TOM right there.

Before she can squeal, he puts his finger to his lips: be

quiet.

He takes FLORA by the hand and leads her away.

2.

KATHERINE is moving through the maze, searching. She has been

like this for some while, growing baffled, growing

increasingly anxious.

KATHERINE:

Flora? Flora, darling, where are

you?

3 INT. MORAY’S OFFICE. THE PARADISE - DAY 3

Tap-tap on the door. DENISE enters in a hurry. She finds the

office empty, turns on her heals, heading away again.

But she stops. A thought has taken her. A naughty thought.

She considers it for a moment.

Now she walks into the office and -- she can’t resist it --

she sits in Moray’s chair. It feels good.

DENISE is basking in this bliss when someone comes in. She’s

caught ... by MORAY. He sees her there like this. It throws

him, disturbs him.

DENISE laughs and -

DENISE:

You caught me. I’m sorry, darling.

I couldn’t resist. I have always

wondered what it must feel like to

sit here.

MORAY:

Perhaps I ought to be careful where

I leave my trousers lying.

It’s teasing between them, loving.

4 EXT. GARDENS. BELVILLE HOUSE - DAY 4

In the garden, TOM sits with FLORA at a table with tea and

cakes, a smile on his lips. He speaks quietly to FLORA.

TOM:

It’s a game. Whatever Katherine

says, we don’t speak to her.

KATHERINE comes out of the maze and sees TOM and FLORA at the

table.

KATHERINE:

Heavens! What a trick. I might have

been searching for you the whole

day.

She gets to the table and joins them.

3.

KATHERINE (CONT’D)

It has quite jangled my nerves.

TOM flicks a look to FLORA: The game is on: they ignore

KATHERINE.

KATHERINE (CONT’D)

Tom, darling, did you hear me?

But TOM has ears and eyes only for FLORA.

TOM:

Flora, shall we go and play in the

maze?

FLORA:

Yes, Papa.

FLORA dare not even look at KATHERINE.

KATHERINE:

Tom! Flora. What are you doing? I

am talking to you -

TOM:

Flora, sweetheart, will you chase

me or shall I chase you?

FLORA:

You chase after me, Papa.

They are going. It’s too much for KATHERINE.

KATHERINE:

Do I not exist today? What is going

on? Speak to me! Tom, you have been

like this for days. Like a ghost

staring at me but saying nothing.

What is the matter?

But his look of ghostly indifference makes her fraught.

KATHERINE (CONT’D)

I demand that you speak to me.

TOM simply takes the watch from his pocket and regards it for

a moment, before returning it to his waistcoat.

He takes FLORA by the hand and leads her to the maze.

KATHERINE is left plagued with guilt and fear.

5 INT. LADIESWEAR. THE PARADISE - DAY 5

LUCILLE BALLENTINE is in her thirties: jolly, sparkling,

kindly, fun, she's also a working class lass.

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William Gallagher

William Gallagher is a British writer and journalist. He has written Doctor Who audio plays for the Big Finish range, the stage play Manhattenhenge (2008–2009) and the Rhubarb Radio series Attachment (2009). His book on Alan Plater's The Beiderbecke Affair was published by the British Film Institute and Palgrave Macmillan on 28 September 2012. On publication of the book, he released an Author Video about the writing of it and a series of Beiderbecke podcasts: video interviews and audio commentaries for selected episodes of the Beiderbecke saga. more…

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