Last updated at 14:03 GMT, Tuesday, 13 March 2012

To paint the town red

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Li arrives at the pub on Friday night to meet Will, wearing overalls and carrying a can of red paint. Find out why in this week's programme.

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The script for this programme

Will: Hello! I'm Will. It's Friday night - time to have fun! This is the Burning Swan - my favourite pub. I'm just waiting for Li. Oh there she is. My goodness! What is she wearing this time?

Li: Hi Will.

Will: Hi Li! Nice... blue overalls!

Li: Thank you, these are new overalls, I bought them especially for tonight.

Will: Right. Okay. Li, I don't really follow fashion, but in London at least, denim overalls are really just for builders and painters and carpenters.

Li: Yes! Right, where do we start, Will?

Will: Eh? What? What are you doing?

Li: It's definitely very dull in here.

Will: Why have you got a can of paint?

Li: That wall especially. Shall we?

Will: Li? What are you doing? She's finally gone mad. Li!

Li: What's the matter?

Will: Look, you can't just walk into places and start repainting their walls! Don't! I love that brown colour!

Li: Didn't you want it to be red?

Will: No! No-one wants it to be red!

Li: But you said that tonight we'd paint the town red - starting with this pub!

Will: It's an expression!

Li: Not again!

Will: It means that we'll go out and have a really exciting, crazy time. We'll paint the town red - it just means we'll have fun, not actually paint things. Let's listen to some examples.

  • It's my daughter's birthday today. She's gone out with her friends. I expect they'll paint the town red!
  • Go on, come out with me tonight, let's paint the town red!
  • We had a crazy night on Saturday, we painted the town red.


Li: So now, Will, tell me about all this crazy fun we're meant to have. What's your idea of painting the town red?

Will: Well we drink, we dance, we laugh loudly, we meet people, we stay up all night.

Li: Hmm. I'd still rather just paint. Let's just do this one wall.

Will: No, Li, stop, stop we'll get arrested.

Li: Isn't that colour so much better?

Will: No! No! Look, stop it! You'll ruin our night out!

Li: It's beautiful!

Will: Li! Stop!