Dramas from BBC Learning English
Intermediate and above level
The White Elephant: Episode 21: Clean
Episode 160429 / 29 Apr 2016
Can I have word with you all, please?
What's the matter Ceilia? You look worried.
I am. That was the council. They're sending a health inspector here to check the kitchen out.
Really! Well there's nothing to worry about where I'm concerned. I think you'll find everything over here is spick and span.
It's your personal hygiene I'd be worried about, Gordon!
What time is this health inspector coming?
Don't know. It's a spot check – it could happen at any time. So, let's get to work. I want this place as clean as a whistle. There's a layer of grease on that bit. And on that bit.
There you go – spotless! You could eat your dinner off that.
Why would you eat your dinner off the cooker when we've got plates?
Look, Gordon – are you going to help us clean the rest of the kitchen?
Why? I didn't make that area dirty.
If we don't get a clean bill of health, the council could shut us down.
Ahh, yes, then I could work in a proper restaurant where the chefs cook and the cleaners clean.
A car's just pulled up – it could be the health inspector.
Well, we've done our best Ceilia – under the circumstances.
Hmm... doesn't look too bad... oh!
Ah... yes, well... I can explain...
Gordon, looks like you need to clean your act up!
Well said, Mary. Shall we start with a clean slate? Quickly!
spick and span
very clean and tidy
ability to keep yourself clean
as clean as a whistle
you could eat your dinner off that
it's very clean
a clean bill of health
officially statement that something is in good condition
clean your act up
start improving your behaviour
a clean slate
forget the past and make a new start
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