Dramas from BBC Learning English
Intermediate and above level
The White Elephant: Episode 7: Late!
Episode 160122 / 22 Jan 2016
Has anyone seen Gordon at all?
He hasn't arrived yet.
Oh no! We've got three customers all at once – what are we going to do?
Calm down Peter. Have you given them all menus?
No! I haven't...
Oh dear - it's 7 o'clock, where is Gordon? (Her mobile phone beeps) Oh he's sent a text... he's broken down and he's going to be late. That's all I need. I'm going to have to call in the emergency chef...
I'll heat up the oven... and get the plates ready... and offer the customers a free glass of wine...
Great idea. And I'll hold the fort. Oh come on Gordon... this feels like an eternity.
They've already chosen what they want - 1 beef, 2 duck, 1 salad... or is it 1 duck, 2 beef...? Where is Gordon? What am I going to say to them? Oh dear.
Wine... (she gives a glass of wine to Peter)
Thank you (he drinks it).
That was for the customer.
Take this one to them... and tell them there'll be a slight delay while we search for the freshest ingredients.
Better late than never - we've got a big order on. You're going to have to make up for lost time.
I know. I know. All in good time. Now I'll make one of my special chef sauces shall I?
It's a bit late in the day for that.
Everyone's gone. They said 'time is money', and they've run out of time.
And we're going to run out of money! Can't you just get on the bus next time you come to work Gordon - it's much more reliable.
You can borrow my bike if you like?
hold the fort
look after something while someone else is away
feels like an eternity
feels like a long time
better late than never
it is good someone has arrived rather than not at all
to make up for lost time
spend lots of time doing something now because it wasn't done earlier
all in good time
there is no need to hurry
late in the day
too late to do anything about it
time is money
time wasted could be used earning money
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