The Paradise Club

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The Paradise Club
Created by Murray Smith
Written by Murray Smith
Russell Murray
Directed by Various
Starring Don Henderson
Leslie Grantham
Leon Herbert
Barbara Wilshere
Peter Gowen
Nick Dawney
Annie Scott-Horne
Theme music composer Dave Lawson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Archie Tait
Producer(s) Selwyn Roberts
Cinematography Alan Jones
Editor(s) John S. Smith
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Zenith Entertainment
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Original network BBC1
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original release 19 September 1989 (1989-09-19) – 27 November 1990 (1990-11-27)

The Paradise Club is a BBC television crime drama, starring Don Henderson and Leslie Grantham, and broadcast between 19 September 1989 and 27 November 1990. Henderson and Grantham star as Frank and Danny Kane respectively, siblings who inherit a nightclub from their mother, Ma Kane, a matriarch of a criminal South London gang, after she tragically dies. At the start of the series, Frank is working as a priest, but decides to return to London to steer his brother Danny away from crime. The series featured a large supporting cast, with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden notably making an appearance in the episode "Rock and Roll Roulette".[1]

The series has never officially been released on DVD. Series 1 and 2 are available to purchase from Amazon, but these are VHS to DVD transfers of varying quality.[2][3]


Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (1989)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by British air date
1 "Unfrocked in Babylon" Lawrence Gordon Clark Murray Smith 19 September 1989 (1989-09-19)
When their criminal mother dies, a streetwise priest and a reluctant villain, estranged brothers, are reunited again and wonder who will get the Paradise Club.
2 "Family Favours" TBA Murray Smith 26 September 1989 (1989-09-26)
3 "Sudden Death Tango" TBA Murray Smith 3 October 1989 (1989-10-03)
4 "Crack in the Mirror" TBA Murray Smith 10 October 1989 (1989-10-10)
5 "Bring on the Cavalry" TBA Murray Smith 17 October 1989 (1989-10-17)
6 "Up Jumped a Speedwagon" TBA Murray Smith 24 October 1989 (1989-10-24)
7 "Short Story" TBA Murray Smith 31 October 1989 (1989-10-31)
8 "Resolving Funds" TBA Murray Smith 7 November 1989 (1989-11-07)
9 "Sins of the Father (Part 1)" TBA Murray Smith 14 November 1989 (1989-11-14)
10 "Sins of the Father (Part 2)" TBA Murray Smith 21 November 1989 (1989-11-21)

Series 2 (1990)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by British air date
1 "Chinese Whispers" TBA Murray Smith 25 September 1990 (1990-09-25)
When Frank foils the escape of one of Wally Fagan's men during a bank raid, he calls on Danny to make amends. When the prisoner makes his own escape from the police Danny is left with repaying the money Wally lost, closely watched by the Flying Squad. As Danny and bodyguard Jonjo plan a 'job' to raise the money, Frank has plans of his own and finally wins the money in a Chinese game of chance.
2 "Hell's Kitchenette" TBA Murray Smith 2 October 1990 (1990-10-02)
The Inland Revenue are after Danny for £284,000 back tax on undeclared income - can he find the money and meet the deadline?
3 "Faces from the Past" TBA Murray Smith 9 October 1990 (1990-10-09)
4 "The Great Fly Tipping War" TBA Russell Murray 16 October 1990 (1990-10-16)
Kiddie porn is being transported through the Kane manor, much to Danny's anger. Meanwhile, renovations to the Paradise Club leads to two fly-tippers taking a shortcut in disposing of its rubbish-leading another gangland leader, Mad Max Wheeler, to think that the Kanes are leaving a calling card.
5 "Old Pals" TBA Russell Murray 23 October 1990 (1990-10-23)
Harry Vincent, a former schoolmate of Danny and Carol Kane, interests Danny in a property investment in Africa. However, he has more sinister motives. Frank is holding a drag queen night at the Paradise Club, which brings him into contact with a call girl who has been beaten up by a client.
6 "Lord of the Files" TBA Murray Smith 30 October 1990 (1990-10-30)
A computer expert is murdered in broad daylight, but suspicions soon surface that he was the wrong man. Attempts on Danny Kane's life seem to indicate that he is a target.
7 "Rock and Roll Roulette" Renny Rye Russell Murray 6 November 1990 (1990-11-06)
The music industry has more villainy than the Kane brothers expect, as a record label plays dirty in trying to get back one of it's artists from the Paradise Club.
8 "The Rotherhithe Project" TBA Russell Murray 13 November 1990 (1990-11-13)
Danny is asked to invest in a new property development in Rotherhithe, though it soon becomes apparent that the earlier owners have been forced to sell. The finger is pointed at the Kane firm.
9 "Snow Business" TBA Murray Smith 20 November 1990 (1990-11-20)
A hard-drug deal goes wrong and the wheel man, shot by the police, finds himself in Frank's care. However, Frank learns that the driver is in fact an undercover detective. Danny is offered a share in the deal.
10 "Dead Dogs Don't Bark" TBA Murray Smith 27 November 1990 (1990-11-27)
At the suggestion of the local Rabbi, Delia Rich, health club owner asks Danny and Frank to act as private detectives to prevent her husband Ronnie being arrested for a major art theft. While Frank and Polish Joe earn a £5000 bonus for getting Ronnie safely out of the country, Danny can't resist carrying through the theft for himself.


  1. ^ badwolf1973 (4 May 2008). "The Paradise Club with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden Part 1". Retrieved 3 February 2017 – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ "The Paradise Club - Series 1". Retrieved 3 February 2017 – via Amazon. 
  3. ^ "The Paradise Club - Series 2". Retrieved 3 February 2017 – via Amazon. 

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