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Everyone celebrates Mary's success except Gordon who thinks nobody is more successful than he is. Find out his reasons in this episode. Watch and learn some useful everyday phrases related to success.

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Drama: The White Elephant

Episode 11: Success

What is the secret of Gordon's success? Even when Mary gets an important qualification, he claims his experience is much more important. However, something happens which proves who has the most experience. Who will succeed?

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Peter
Table two weren't too keen on the soup. Ooh, what's that? A letter from a secret admirer?

Mary
no. Nothing like that – it's my exam results…

Peter
Exam results? I didn't know you'd been studying.

Mary
Yes – I've been studying for a PhD – and it says here, I'm a doctor!

Peter
Oh well done Mary – Doctor Marigold - another feather in your cap. You're so clever.

Gordon
What's that? You've qualified to be a 'doctor'. Well done… although personally I think the world needs more chefs than doctors – everybody needs to eat. But well done… you've had a lucky break.

Peter
Yes, you're going to be a real success, maybe you'll be my doctor…

Gordon
Of course, I know all about success. I've got a track record for creating world-class food and winning numerous awards – just ask Ceilia.

Mary
So what's the secret to your success Gordon?

Gordon
Well… errr… an appreciation for food… an eye for detail… and an excellent relationship with the customers.

Peter
Are you sure?

Gordon
Yes! Now I want you to take this to table two… it's one of my best recipes… it's always a roaring success.

Mary
Hmm… don't count your chickens before they've hatched.

Gordon
Don't worry Mary. I can taste success. You wouldn't find a doctor making something like this.

Peter
Well, they're certainly eating it.

Gordon
There you see… that's why I'm top dog in this kitchen.

[CUSTOMER CALLS FROM RESTAURANT: Waiter! Waiter! Come quickly!]

Peter
Oh no! One of the customers is lying on the floor being sick. I think he's got food poisoning!

Gordon
Oh typical! Well come on then, you're a doctor.

Mary
A Doctor of Philosophy, Gordon. But I'll see what I can do as per usual.

Download

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Vocabulary

feather in your cap
an achievement to feel pleased about

a lucky break
a piece of good luck / a good opportunity

a real success
very successful

a track record
a reputation based on performance or experience

the secret to your success
the main thing that lead to your success, that others don't know about

a roaring success
very successful

don't count your chickens before they've hatched
don't make plans based on something being succesful until it actually proves to be a success

taste success
get a feeling of what success is like

top dog
best or most important person in a group

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How much did you understand? Let's hope you can taste success with this quiz!

White Elephant quiz

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Credits

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

More

You can find our other BBC Learning English dramas on our Drama page.

End of Session 5

Next time, Gordon gives Mary and Ceilia a shock, but their shock turns to amusement when they find out why he's been sleeping in the kitchen. Find out the reason for Mr Grater's unusual sleeping arrangements in the next episode!

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Session Vocabulary

  • feather in your cap
    an achievement to feel pleased about

    a lucky break
    a piece of good luck / a good opportunity

    a real success
    very successful

    a track record
    a reputation based on performance or experience

    the secret to your success
    the main thing that lead to your success, that others don't know about

    a roaring success
    very successful

    don't count your chickens before they've hatched
    don't make plans based on something being succesful until it actually proves to be a success

    taste success
    get a feeling of what success is like

    top dog
    best or most important person in a group