BBC ‘The Paradise’ episode 5

Okey dokey folks, another episode of The Paradise to review. So, there are two main plotlines running through this week’s episode.

1) Katherine (Elaine Cassidy) trying to win back Moray (Emun Elliott).

2) Moray’s expansion plan going awry when crass barber, Bradley Burrough (Dr. Who’s Arthur Darvill) creates havoc.

First things first, let’s talk about Katherine. She decides that the best way to get Moray’s attention is to ignore him and make a bit show of spending money in all the nearby shops except The Paradise. She even goes into Edmund Lovett’s shop to commission a dress. And does this get Moray’s attention? Of course it does.

(Elaine Cassidy as Katherine.)

Elsewhere, Moray’s plan to expand his business into the next-door barber shop backfires when the barber, Bradley Burrough,  insists on being made a partner in The Paradise. Moray tries to laugh off the suggestion, but accepts seeing as Burrough refuses to sell his property on any other terms. On the advice of Jonas (David Hayman), Moray and Dudley put a clause in the contract which states that Burrough will be dismissed as soon as he steps out of line. Burrough makes himself at home/a general nuisance in The Paradise. He makes several attempts to ‘woo’ Pauline (Ruby Bentall) who shoots him down each time: “You’re a barber, in a suit that doesn’t fit.” He manages to catch her alone at the top of the staff stairs, and makes a move on her. Young Arthur tries to intervene, but Burrough pushes him down the stairs, injuring Arthur’s wrist. Everyone is desperate for Burrough to be dismissed asap, but Burrough hints to Jonas that he knows “something” about the former Mrs Moray’s death. Ah! The sweet scent of blackmail! So how does Jonas deal with him? Well, I’m not entirely sure, but it definitely makes Jonas look shifty – does he dispose of Burrough? He tells Moray that Burrough will “no longer be a problem”. Hmmm…

(Arthur Darvill as Bradley Burrough.)

This week sees, for the first time ever, one of Denise’s Big Ideas backfire big stylee ( Go to 0:16 – sorry, have A&M on the brain whilst writing this…) Maybe she’s losing her touch? Or not, seeing as she has her next Big Idea within about 15 minutes. And her second Idea is a hit, (back to normal then!) much to Clara’s dismay. Yes, Clara is on the warpath this week – she’s convinced that Denise is in love with Moray (there’s some truth in that assumption) and thus spends most of the episode sneaking around trying to find a secret that will blacken Denise’s name. Thus far she has not succeeded. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before she finds Moray and FMOHB in a compromising position together, and voila! There is a scene near the end of the episode where Moray comes into the empty ladieswear looking for Denise. He doesn’t find her, but I can’t help wondering what would have happened if she had been there? Their first kiss perhaps? That would have been the perfect time for Clara to walk in on them, and all hell would have broken loose. So, what happens instead? Moray leaves ladieswear and at the end of the episode kisses Katherine. Each to their own, I suppose.

(Emun Elliott as Moray.)

So what’s going to happen next week?

– It looks as if people will be suspecting Jonas of murder.

– Hopefully, we find out what happened to Burrough.

– I expect Moray will have to have a Long Hard Think about whether he wants Katherine or Denise.

– Denise will have a Big Idea. Obviously.

Let’s see shall we?! Until next time, folks…

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