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.


Oh. I was rather hoping it might be

you, Susy. Or you, Clara. So I

could try them all on and you could

tell me if ... And you could see

our chandeliers and feel how thick

the carpets are ...


If you would care for a morning

fitting at home, Mrs Ballentine,

that can of course be arranged.


Yes. I like the sound of a fitting.

We could have tea and scones. Oh,

but perhaps scones are only eaten

in the afternoon?


My apologies, Ma’am, what I meant

to say was:
an afternoon fitting.

She’s made LUCILLE laugh. Still she doesn’t want to leave.

MORAY and DUDLEY are passing through.



Of course we must mark the

occasion. Window displays, flags

and bunting throughout the place --

I thought perhaps Birds of

Paradise, hung from the ceilings.

All manner of decorations.


I appreciate the sentiment, Dudley,

but are these times for us to revel

in our position?


Every bright bauble will be a poke

in the eye of Tom Weston. I like

the thought of him seeing what we

have achieved here.


Yes. Then let us do it.


EDMUND is at the bar with SAM and MYRTLE when DENISE comes in

with SUSY and CLARA.


Uncle Edmund, that’s the third

night I have found you in here.

Audrey will be wondering where you



Don’t fret, our Denise. Hell’s

teeth. I sent her a note to say I’m

on my way.


Far be it for me to interfere in

another man’s marriage, but ...

Wouldn’t it have been better if

you’d taken the note yourself?


Yes. Then you would have been there

so you wouldn’t have needed a note

to say why you’re not there.

They ALL look at her as they figure this one out.

And SUSY is trying to fathom it herself.

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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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