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.



What a dress this is. I feel like

I’m wrapped in butter. It’s


(but doubt takes her)

Is it heavenly? I mean, do I look

foolish in it? Should I buy it?


It’s perfect, Ma’am. I think so.

Perhaps ... What do you think,


DENISE returns and is watching LUCILLE.


I promise you, Madam, it is a most

tasteful and fashionable choice.


When do I wear it? I know some

dresses are for evening ...


Ma’am, this dress can be worn at

any time.


Oh, but this is all such fun and

you are so kind to help me. What

shoes does a lass wear with this



What kind of footwear would you

prefer, Madam?


I would prefer you to choose.

Everything you have chosen so far

is just perfect.

DENISE is taking all of this in, curious ...


The Gibson, with the low heel.

Would you like to try a pair?


If you can have them all wrapped up

my husband will come in to pay.


Of course, Mrs. Ballentine.


Darling Ballentine does love to

spoil me. It’s not too much, is it?




It’s not coarse and unladylike to

buy so much?


Not at all, Madam. We will have it

all ready for you.

She’s escorting LUCILLE back to the changing room, but

LUCILLE doesn’t want to go: she feels clinging, needy.


I was a nurse, y’know. With hardly

a pair of boots to my name. Look at

me now. Who would have dreamed ...?


I never dreamed I would have such a

fine uniform to wear every day, and

such fond friends to share a dorm


This seems to affect LUCILLE: she hides it with an even

brighter smile.


Who will deliver the parcels?


The Delivery Lads deliver, Ma’am,

on the delivery wagon.

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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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