Ladette to Lady

Tuesday, 7 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Three girls Kristin, Skye and Nicole have survived to the final week and the climax of the journey – the graduation ball. But there’s no time to relax. There can be only one winner and the girls will come under greater scrutiny than ever.

Ladette to Lady: The Finale sees emotions running high as each girl battles to be named this year’s winner. There are gruelling assessments, beautiful ball gowns, tears and temper tantrums and, at the end of it all, a lavish graduation ceremony with some very special guests.

As their final week begins the girls come down to breakfast to find their most important invitation of all, to their own graduation.

Their performance in and out of class this week will be closely monitored with everything counting towards the final assessment. All three girls are feeling the pressure with Holly exclaiming during a difficult dance class: ”This is all going towards our assessment and I just can’t do it and that’s what’s getting me all f*cking wound up!”

In Principle Harbord’s flower arranging assessment a fight breaks out between the three finalists when Holly’s frustration with her performance leads Louise, who has gained the most points for the exercise, to quip: “I’m quite happy, for myself, no one else is happy for me though.”

Louise later explains that she is upset because: “Not once can I remember them going ‘well done’ it’s like they’re always just cheering each other on.”

Mrs Harbord calls each girl to her office to discuss their performance to date and hopes for the future during which she confesses to Louise: “If you must be in front of the camera I personally would dearly, dearly love you to have some clothes on when you are. That is my dearest wish for you.”

The assessments continue throughout the week with a particularly difficult baking task and a side-saddle competition requiring each girl to complete two circuits of the course in different directions – however Holly’s horse has other ideas.

Graduation day finally arrives and, just like the debutants of the 1950s, each girl must execute three tasks with meticulous precision – a staircase walk, a greeting with members of the aristocracy and a waltz. These tasks completed, and after some very emotional speeches, the teachers must make their final decision and the winner is announced.

Tuesday 26 February 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

With two terms of transforming some of Britain’s most extreme ladettes into respectable ladies under their belt, the revered tutors at Eggleston Hall thought they had seen it all. But a third intake is set to be – by their own admission – their biggest challenge yet.

In programme four there’s romance in the air for Nicole, more drunken antics from tiny tearaway Holly, and the ladettes receive invitations to their first public event – the finals of the Yorkshire Nations Cup International Polo Tournament. One of the ladettes will be selected to present the Best Pony Award and make a short speech to mark the occasion, but glancing down the invitation Simone spies a possible disaster looming: “2000 people, 11am, Champagne.”

Preparing speeches with etiquette teacher Liz Brewer, Louise suggests “thank you for having us here” but Liz is quick to correct her explaining: “Never ever use that expression, that somebody’s ‘had’ you. You especially, Louise.”

Louise reacts angrily to what she sees as an unfair slight on her character eventually walking out of the class announcing: “I can’t stand to be in the same room as you, you’re very insulting and you’re not a lady.”

Later, while the ladettes reflect on Louise’s reaction, Louise returns to talk to Liz Brewer.

“The world you’re going into, glamour modelling, is something they would look down on,” Liz explains to her, but Louise argues “I feel like sometimes you say inappropriate things as if to make out I’m some sort of slapper.”

In art class the ladettes are asked to paint a portrait of Principal Harbord to win a date with the bachelor of their choice. Art teacher, Susan Wilson invites the girls to “express how you feel” when painting the principal’s face.

After winning the art contest Nicole departs for a romantic dinner while the remaining girls head off for their far less civilised weekly visit to the pub. Holly and Louise are ready to knock back the booze in their usual style, however Simone is surprisingly restrained. “Gotta take my time girls,” she explains – pint in hand. “I’m now a lady.”

Returning to Eggleston Hall, well past curfew, a fight breaks out between Simone and an extremely inebriated Holly, forcing the intervention of Mrs Harbord and a peacekeeper in the form of Nicole.

The following morning when Holly is challenged about her behaviour by elocution teacher Caroline Sherwood Roberts the normally unrepentant ladette is surprisingly remorseful, crying: “It was the booze. I just disgraced myself again and I’m really embarrassed and I feel like I’ve come this far and I’ve just, thrown it all away.”

The day of the Polo Tournament arrives and Simone, who has been selected to make the speech, appears to have lost all powers of communication – until the arrival of two strapping polo players.

As the forth week comes to an end, and with graduation day only a week away, the teachers must ask one last ladette to leave.

Tuesday 12 February 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

Ladette to Lady
Tuesday 22 January 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

With two terms of transforming some of Britain’s most extreme ladettes into respectable ladies under their belt, the revered tutors at Eggleston Hall thought they had seen it all. But a third intake is set to be – by their own admission – their biggest challenge yet.

The famous finishing school opens its doors for a new term as its indomitable staff attempt to transform the most obnoxious and unrepentant ladettes they have ever seen.

Programme one introduces the inelegant eight and sees them get to grips with the basics of becoming a lady. But in true ladette style, things go less than according to plan, with their first lessons in etiquette resulting in skinny dipping, food fights and stripping. Plus one chirpy ladette sees herself sent packing before the first official expulsion.

As the ladettes arrive, school rules are immediately broken, contraband is stashed and punctuality is ignored. Liverpudlian Charlotte Donoghue arrives over four hours late interrupting the Principal Address. Her excuse is less than convincing:

“I had to go get conditioner from the Asda and it was quite busy,” she said.

Before classes start the girls swap their high fashion outfits for the Egglestone Hall summer uniform and all mobiles are confiscated.

The ladettes have just five days to prepare for their first big test – a ‘Fruits de Mer’ luncheon at Manderston House, one of Scotland’s most magnificent stately homes, where they will meet a group of eligible bachelors. Here they will be expected to show what they’ve learnt so far, including how to tackle sophisticated food with appropriate table manners.

The girls’ first lesson is oyster eating. Army girl, Simone Webber, throws up her half digested shellfish to the table. “It felt like I was swallowing my own phlegm”, she says.

In the 1950s it was essential for a lady to be correctly dressed for every occasion. Etiquette teacher, Liz Brewer, asks the girls to show from their own wardrobes what they might wear to the end of week task. Unimpressed with the results, she asks them to choose from her hand picked selection of clothes. Most of the girls delight in the options but Charlotte is NOT pleased and refuses to change out of her revealing dress.

Liz is unimpressed and does not mince her words.

“I’m sorry, you look like an absolute slut”, she informs Charlotte, “You cannot go to lunch showing your breasts.”

A row ensues and Charlotte storms off declaring: “I look like a slut? You look like a slut!”

A crisis meeting is called and Charlotte makes a swift exit from Eggleston Hall after just two days, telling Principal Harbord:

“I don’t wanna be a lady no more. I don’t like getting up and I don’t really like working and putting my mind to things, I just like doing what I want and going and doing things and that.”

Term continues but quickly the ladettes break rank once again and get drunk after a civilised dinner with the teachers. A wild food fight follows and bouncer Kelly is caught sliding down the banisters by an appalled Rosemary Shrager.

In true Eggleston Hall style, the punishment is harsh. The hungover ladettes spend the day cleaning the school from top to bottom.

Having missed a whole day of classes the ladettes are ill-prepared for the end of week task but still manage to turn the eye of the eligible bachelors. Chelsea socialite Jonathan Saxby quickly moves in on Nicole Hart telling her: “I think there’s a physical attraction from the beginning,” and, “I think, ‘You and I baby,’ absolutely.”

But it’s tiny tearaway Holly Clements who sets the tone when she mock announces to everyone that she’s “going for a gang bang” as she leads the bachelors down to the lake away from the teachers’ prying eyes.

After some goading from the ladettes it’s the bachelors who lower the tone as they strip off and go skinny dipping. The elegant luncheon ends in disgrace with Nicole waving one

The following day is their first assessment and despite their hard exteriors, the girls are visibly nervous about the impending expulsion. One by one the ladettes face some angry words from the disappointed teachers, but who will be asked to leave?

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