BBC ‘The Paradise’ episode 4

This week’s episode of The Paradise is majorly angsty for Moray, Clara, Katherine and Miss Audrey, and there is minor angst for pretty much everyone else.

(Sarah Lancashire as Miss Audrey.)

First, we have Miss Audrey (Sarah Lancashire), who collapses in Ladieswear with a sudden and mysterious illness. Despite her protestations, Moray (Emun Elliott) orders her to stay in bed for a week and appoints Denise (Joanna Vanderham)  as deputy. Clara (Sonya Cassidy) is peeved, and it looks as if her and Denise’s new-found friendship may be in jeopardy. Clara resents the fact that Denise, the ‘new girl’, is in charge and clearly has Moray’s favour. Moray publically calls Denise his ‘little champion’, which irritates both Clara and Miss Audrey. Clara tells Denise bitterly that although she may be Moray’s favourite, she can ‘never have him’ as she’s ‘just a shop girl’. We shall see, Clara, we shall see… Clara tries to improve her standing with Moray by practically throwing herself at him in his office. She tells him that although he could never love her as he did his wife, she could give him ‘a little comfort for one night’. The two start to kiss, but are interrupted by a knock on the door, which brings Moray to his senses and he tells Clara to leave. I’m sure that this rejection will do nothing to improve Clara’s generally foul temper. One thing I find interesting is that Clara tells Moray that they ‘share a bond’ seeing as they’ve both lost someone they love – Clara had to give up her child and Moray’s wife died. So, Moray clearly already knew about Grace, but does he know who the father is? Why was Clara not dismissed when she got pregnant?

(Joanna Vanderham as Denise and Sonya Cassidy as Clara.)

The general consensus among the staff is that Moray’s brooding mood this week is down to a) grief (again) over his wife’s death and b) the fact that Katherine Glendenning (Elaine Cassidy) is being courted by Peter Adler (Mark Bonnar). Who knows what Moray is really thinking? He seems less than happy when he bumps into Katherine at the beginning of the episode but is he really jealous of her new relationship with Peter? He never appeared to be that keen on Katherine before, so I can’t understand why he seems so upset that she has apparently moved on. Perhaps he feels some guilt over his wife’s death? Perhaps he was involved somehow in her demise? In the first episode of The Paradise, Clara hinted that there is more to the story of Mrs Moray’s death than meets the eye. Maybe there’ll be a dramatic revelation later in the series – my bet is on the penultimate or last episode.

(Emun Elliot as Moray and Elaine Cassidy as Katherine.)

As for Katherine, she is not as enamoured with Peter Adler as she would have Moray believe. Peter recognises that Katherine is ‘trying very hard’ to like him, but is really just going through the motions of courtship. Still, he believes that, with time, Katherine will come to love him. Lord Glendenning (Patrick Malahide) is not so sure – he (correctly) believes that Katherine is still in love with Moray, and at the end of the episode, Katherine confesses it to be true. She breaks off her understanding with a heartbroken Peter, and hopes that she and Moray will soon be reunited. I am sorry that Katherine broke up with Peter – I think her infatuation with Moray is foolish, and Peter is a good man. Oh well.

And now to Denise. She is initially apprehensive at taking charge of Ladieswear, but takes the challenge in her strides. She manages to impress an eminent customer, despite Clara’s attempts at making trouble. Of course there are a number of scenes with Denise and Moray together. They have one of their usual nighttime chats by the shop stairs, which is a perfect opportunity for Moray to whisper to Denise. Yet again.

(Denise and Moray.)

In the end, it is Denise’s uncle, Edmund Lovett who figures out the cause of Miss Audrey’s malady: she is distressed at the thought of getting older, and of losing favour with Moray to Denise. This leads to three sweet scenes:

1) Edmund Lovett visits Miss Audrey at her sickbed, and brings her a box of Turkish Delights, which apparently he used to do when they were young.

2) Moray also visits Miss Audrey and tells her that she is a valuable asset to the shop and the Ladieswear department would fall apart without her authority. That cheers Miss A. up considerably and she is out of bed to reclaim her place like a shot.

3) Denise tells Moray that it is Miss Audrey’s birthday soon, and so the staff organise a surprise party for her on the shop floor. Miss Audrey is delighted at the attention, and even more so when Moray asks her to dance with her. (He may have spent the dance gazing longingly at Denise, oh FMOHB (see last week’s review for definition), but I suppose it’s the though that counts, and I don’t think Miss Audrey noticed.

(Moray – guess who he’s looking at?!)

Filled with renewed vigour, Miss Audrey confronts Denise and once again tells her that she is not to tell Moray any more of her Big Ideas. Nor is she to seek his attention in any way. From now on, all of Denise’s inevitable Big Ideas will reach Moray’s ears by Miss Audrey. We’ll see how long that lasts… …

Another enjoyable episode. Romantic entanglements have got a lot stickier and I look forward to seeing how they develop over the course of the next 4 weeks. Until next time. Au revoir.

(All photos ©BBC 2012.)


BBC ‘Call The Midwife’ episode 4


Last night’s episode of Call The Midwife was noticeably darker than previous episodes. This week, a young woman, 27 weeks pregnant with her first child, died tragically of toxaemia. Midwife Cynthia was allowed to follow the case through to the end and was heartbroken when she learned that the couple had only known each other for a year, and had been married only 6 months. It was extremely poignant when Cynthia had to tell the husband that his wife was dying and that all they could do was to make her final hours as comfortable as possible. The poor man was distraught and Cynthia was left to ponder the cruelty of love and decided one should seize the moment, as you never know how long you will have with a loved one. I wonder if a love interest will be introduced for Cynthia at some point in this series or the next one. I hope so, she is such a sweet, kind character.

(Bryony Hannah as Cynthia)

The second depressing story this week was when the newborn child of a young couple was stolen from her pram. The whole community pulled together to search for the child, but the mother withdrew into her shell, unable to cope with the loss of her baby. In a surprising turn of events, Jenny discovered that the baby had been taken by the prostitute, Mary, whom Jenny helped in episode 2. Mary’s own baby, Kathleen, was taken from her for adoption, and Mary was traumatised. This would explain why, still desperate for her own child, she stole another woman’s baby. Thankfully, Jenny managed to persuade Mary to give her the baby, in a scene that was emotionally charged and excellently acted by Jessica Raine as Jenny. The baby was returned to her parents and poor Mary was arrested. The nuns convinced the baby’s mother to speak on behalf of Mary to prevent a prison sentence, as she was clearly a ‘disturbed, ill young woman’.

(Jenny (Jessica Raine) attending the birth of the baby who was later stolen from her pram.)

We did get some light relief in this episode too. Chummy returned beaming from her first date of “fish and chips and High Society” with PC Noakes. He invited her to accompany him to a local dance, and the other midwives decided to come too. Jenny invited Jimmy, who was all too happy to attend. PC Noakes and Chummy had a great time together and their relationship appears to be getting more serious. Do I hear wedding bells in the future? I sincerely hope so!

(PC Noakes (Ben Caplan) and Chummy (Miranda Hart) at the dance.)

Once again, this was a brilliant episode and once again, I eagerly anticipate the next one…

(All photos ©BBC.)

BBC The Hour Episode 4

Just when I thought the apparent conspiracy in The Hour couldn’t get any more convoluted, I was proved wrong in last night’s episode…

Ok, so last night saw Freddie continuing his investigations into the deaths of Ruth Elms and Peter Darrell, as he attempts to recover from the shock of Thomas Kish’s sudden death in last week’s episode. He went to visit Mrs Kish to apparently offer his condolences but in true Freddie style, he used the opportunity to interrogate the grieving widow. Fantastic timing of course, but then again Freddie was never known for his tact. He told her: “I’m not here to hurt you, I’m from the BBC.” As if that would console her! Although Mrs Kish was very reluctant to divulge any information, Freddie managed to worm out of her that Peter Darrell apparently betrayed Thomas Kish and Kish then tried to cut Peter out of his life. Mrs Kish also confessed that she suspected Thomas of killing Peter, and that he probably killed Ruth too. She then told Freddie to keep Kish’s raincoat, as he would obviously no longer need it. Am I the only one who thought it was rather creepy seeing Freddie walking round in a dead man’s coat? No? Just me?

Anyway, when Freddie left the Kish household, he noticed that he was being followed (very un-subtly I might add) and it seems “They” were the ones following him. He confronted Clarence about it and told him all about his investigation (probably a stupid idea) and Clarence burnt the square of perforated paper which had revealed the clues in the crossword and told Freddie to forget all about it, especially as MI6  had called into the office more than once to question Freddie. Freddie, however, had been AWOL at the time – not eating, sleeping or shaving and missing all his work deadlines. I’m not sure which side Clarence is on: he seemed to be supporting Freddie, but he was later seen talking secretly with Angus McCain who is decidedly shifty. And has weird glasses.

Freddie, who apparently doesn’t bother going to work at all anymore, also paid a call to Ruth Elms’s mother who, just like Mrs Kish, was every keen to avoid giving away any information. Poor Freddie, no one wants to make his job easy do they? I just hope that Freddie’s determination to play Avenging Angel doesn’t just lead him to his maker.

As things became more tense back in the studio with regards to Egypt and Hungary, it transpired that Kish had been trying to sniff out a Soviet agent, and had suspected Freddie. Personally, I think that was an excuse – I think the ‘conspiracy’ runs deeper than that as surely Ruth Elms had nothing to do with  Soviets?! I could be wrong, of course.

Elsewhere, Bel and Hector’s affair continued to flourish, with the pair of them becoming more and more reckless about where they embraced. Hector managed to get out of an evening with his ever-smiling wife, Marnie, by claiming to have work at the office he needed to finish. It was a plausible lie until he forgot to take his briefcase with him, leading his wife to guess where he was really going. Her suspicion was confirmed later on when we were shown a sex scene which only just managed to escape my mother’s normally infallible sex-on-screen radar – she always seems to sense when there’s a sex/ heavy making out scene in a film or TV show I’m watching and invariably chooses that moment to walk in the room and stand there making disapproving noises and comments. Highly awkward.

It was also Freddie’s birthday and after a rather drunken night at a local club, he and Lix (!!!) ended up in a passionate clinch back in the office. I rather doubt that that liaison will last long, especially as Freddie is so obviously in love with Bel and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before she realises that she loves him too. There were a few sweet moments between Bel and Freddie in this week’s episode. Firstly, Bel showed a maternal/sisterly concern for Freddie’s wellbeing when he finally turned up for work, telling him to go home and sleep. Later on, he showed a similar protective affection for her, as he asked (of Hector), “is he nice to you?” Still, it was clear that he was hurt when he found out about the affair, but bottled up his own feelings so that only we, the viewers, could see them.

The big question we were left with at the end of this episode was: what is the significance of the large blue urn, which is seen in the video of Kish, Ruth and Darrell? Dun, dun DUN! Oh, and who is Brightstone? Seeing as we still don’t know…

Predictions for next week:

  • Marnie confronts Bel about the affair, which begins to crumble or completely disintegrates.
  • Freddie solves the mystery of The Blue Urn.

Predictions for the end of the series:

  • Bel and Hector break up. He goes back to his wife and she realises it was Freddie she loved all along.
  • Freddie nearly dies as the conspiracy comes to a climax – I really hope that Freddie doesn’t have to die before Bel realises her feelings for his, as that would be a miserable ending. I hate miserable endings.
  • Isaac and the little secretary get together.
  • Lots of other political stuff happens 🙂

(Watermarked photos © BBC/