The Paradise Club

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The Paradise Club
Title card
Genre Crime drama
Created by Murray Smith
Written by Murray Smith
Russell Murray
Michael Aitkins
Jeremy Burnham
Susan Boyd
Barry Purchase
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 series, broadcast between 19 September 1989 and 27 November 1990. The series starred Don Henderson and Leslie Grantham as Frank and Danny Kane, 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] A total of twenty episodes were broadcast over the course of two series.

The series has never officially been released on DVD, due to issues surrounding clearance rights for the music used. Notably, the series has yet to be repeated on any of the BBC's co-owned free-to-air digital channels, such as UK Gold or UKTV Drama. However, both series are available to purchase from Amazon, but these are VHS to DVD transfers of the original broadcast, in varying quality.[2][3] A soundtrack album of music featured in the series was also released in 1989, and was available on CD, LP and Cassette.[4]


Supporting Cast[edit]

  • Freddie Earlle as Walter Trafficante (Series 1; three episodes)
  • Ian Lindsay as DCS Torrance (Series 1; three episodes)
  • Oona Kirsch as WDC Tilly Spink (Series 2; three episodes)
  • Robert Perkins as DC Benson (Series 2; three episodes)
  • Grant Thoburn as DC Ian Cornwall (Series 2; three episodes)
  • David Ryall as Bishop Sykes (Series 1—2; three episodes)
  • Philip Bretherton as DI Don Wright (Series 1; two episodes)
  • Ben Daniels as DC Webster (Series 1; two episodes)
  • Ken Drury as DCS George Gibson (Series 1; two episodes)
  • Michael Fenner as DC Dave Hutton (Series 1; two episodes)


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" Anthony Wilkinson Murray Smith 26 September 1989 (1989-09-26)
As Frank settles in at the Paradise Club, Danny's would-be assassins are on trial for attempted murder, and the outrageous Great Crane Robbery seals the fate of Glasgow gangster Elliot Rossini.
3 "Sudden Death Tango" Anthony Wilkinson Murray Smith 3 October 1989 (1989-10-03)
A police plan to foil a major gem heist goes tragically wrong and Danny convinces a young would-be armed robber that a life of crime leads to misery.
4 "Crack in the Mirror" Richard Standeven Murray Smith 10 October 1989 (1989-10-10)
Frank tries to trace a missing teenager and Danny takes explosive action to prevent a ruthless drugs baron from pushing crack and heroin.
5 "Bring on the Cavalry" Lawrence Gordon Clark Michael Aitkins 17 October 1989 (1989-10-17)
Danny is arrested, but confounds his lawyer by refusing to provide an alibi for a crime he did not commit, leaving Frank to take on vicious drug dealer Colonel Mombassa.
6 "Up Jumped a Swagperson" Lawrence Gordon Clark Murray Smith 24 October 1989 (1989-10-24)
Ma Kane's ghost appears to haunt the Kane brothers, while the hunt for cop-killer Peter Noonan intensifies.
7 "Short Story" Richard Standeven Murray Smith 31 October 1989 (1989-10-31)
Danny suspects that his wife and his minder are having an affair.
8 "Revolving Funds" Richard Standeven Jeremy Burnham 7 November 1989 (1989-11-07)
Frank gets involved with a crooked gambler and Danny launders dirty money.
9 "Sins of the Father (Part 1)" Gabrielle Beaumont Murray Smith 14 November 1989 (1989-11-14)
Special Branch want to keep Danny on the wrong side of the law and the right side of a sinister organisation.
10 "Sins of the Father (Part 2)" Gabrielle Beaumont Murray Smith 21 November 1989 (1989-11-21)
Sarah Turnbull blackmails Danny into staging a daring robbery, intending to double cross him at the last minute. Only Frank can save him, but can he do it in time?

Series 2 (1990)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by British air date
1 "Chinese Whispers" Colin Gregg 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" Colin Gregg 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" Derek Banham Russell Murray 9 October 1990 (1990-10-09)
While Frank rekindles a romance, Danny deals with a vicious ex-convict, Albert Styles
4 "The Great Fly Tipping War" Derek Banham Jeremy Burnham 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" Renny Rye Susan Boyd 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" Selwyn Roberts 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 its artists from the Paradise Club.
8 "The Rotherhithe Project" Brian Ward Barry Purchase 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" Ken Hannam 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" Ken Hannam 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.


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