Dramas from BBC Learning English
Intermediate and above level
The White Elephant: Episode 18: Excellence
Episode 160408 / 08 Apr 2016
Do you know who we've got in the restaurant tonight?
Well yes… it's a VIP…
A 'V-I-P'… what's that?
A Very Important Person – it's the town mayor. I can't believe that he's decided to eat in our restaurant tonight.
Yes, that's the type of top-notch customer I like to cook for. Royalty!
Well he's not royalty Gordon, but he is an important person so I'm going to give this plate an extra polish.
There's the order Gordon. He wants champagne too… I'll go and get some.
I hope you've sobered up after last week and I hope you're going to pull out all the stops to make an excellent dish.
Excellence is what I excel at Ceilia, you know that. Right let's get to work… wow, he wants the steak surprise. I can tell this is a man with first-class taste.
Oh just get on with it Gordon.
There finished – perfect! Peter!
Well done Gordon… you really have gone above and beyond your usual standards.
Peter, I want you to take this to the mayor. Any bad view he has of our restaurant will be blown right out of the water when he tastes that food.
Well, what did he say?
He said we had 'exceeded his expectations'.
Yes… we are even worse than he had expected. And also, he is a vegetarian and has never eaten meat.
But this order said steak surprise…
That one does… but this says mushroom risotto.
pull all the stops out
make a big effort so that something is very successful
do something very well
gone above and beyond
done more than was expected
blown right out of the water
shown to be false
exceeded his expectations
be more extreme than what you thought would happen
Gordon Grater: Neil Frost
Ceilia Spatula: Amina Zia
Peter Peppermill: Darren Benedict
Marigold Marcelo (Mary for short): Stacha Hicks
Written, produced and directed by: Rob Carter