Aussie Ladette to Lady is an Australian reality-based television series, based on the format of the successful British series Ladette to Lady. The premise of the series sees eight Australian women sent to Eggleston Hall Finishing School in England the same venue as the British serieswhere the Aussie ladies will attempt to transform them into ladies. As the finishing touches are made in preparation to welcome the class of '08 at Eggleston Hall, expectation Aussie ladies turns to dread.
The teachers fear the worst when news arrives that the police have been called to the local airport following complaints of disruptive behaviour on board. Hearing the raucous chant of "Aussie! Vice-principal, Mrs Shrager, confronts the drunken rabble at the school's entrance and uses all her authority and volume to shout them down.
The stage is set for an epic battle of wills. The Aussie ladettes are stripped down to their ill-fitting undies and it's soon all too obvious that these tattooed Aussie ladies of the rawest kind. Dispensing with niceties, the staff get to work and, as lessons begin in earnest, it soon becomes clear that the ladettes are up against formidable opposition. Before long rebellion gives way to something approaching cooperation and the painful process of change begins.
By week's end they will host a cocktail party and entertain some of England's most eligible bachelors, which included young etiquette expert William Hanson. With one disgraced ladette already on her way home, week two sees a chastened band of Aussie ladettes face up to a daunting challenge.
They must play host to the prestigious Zetland Hunt. But it's not all sausage rolls and stirrup cups. First the girls must literally Aussie ladies a test of guts, and acclimatise to the unsavoury realities of country life. Picking shotgun pellets from pheasants is one thing, but feeding Aussie ladies stock" to the foxhounds is quite another.
Emotions are stirred when the ladettes challenge some local lasses to a midnight steeple chase.
Success goes to Nicole's head and she treats everyone to a strip tease. Sarah triumphs when chosen to ride out with the hunt, but blots her copybook, and brings the school into disgrace, when she unfurls an Aussie pennant at full tilt. Sarah's act of rebellion brings her before the principal, and it seems she is destined for expulsion.
But a dramatic Aussie ladies of heart radically alters the picture and, as expulsion Aussie ladies approaches, the field is wide open.
At the end of Episode Two, ladette Emily was expelled. If the Aussie ladettes thought being transformed into demure young ladies would be a walk in the park, this is the week Aussie ladies learn how wrong they were. In week three, the "tough love" treatment produces some unexpected results.
There are tears as the ladettes' emotional defences give way to storms of emotion. But the tables are turned when stripper Nicole Aussie ladies the story of her troubled past and even stern Ms Harbord sheds a tear. But emotion must be put aside as the ladettes face their weekly challenge: There's much work to be done before the ladettes have a Aussie ladies of passing muster under the critical eyes of these society ladies and prospective mothers-in-law.
Girl turns on girl in this episode of the series which sees an old-fashioned English finishing school struggling to turn Australia's worst binge-drinking "ladettes" into ladies. At the end of Episode Three, ladette Bianca was expelled. This week they must cook haute cuisine for 20 society guests. But, when Skye is promoted to school prefect, cooking is the last thing on their minds.
Furious that this honour has been to the bad girl of the group, the others decide to make Skye's life hell. At the pre-dinner wine tasting all decorum flies out of Aussie ladies window and the old habits return. The ladettes don't taste, they guzzle and, to add insult to injury, they steal more bottles of wine for a secret binge, right under Skye's nose.
Former mistress of mayhem, Skye, does her best to cover for their appalling behaviour, but principal Ms Harbord is not taken in. With a punishment to contend with on the morning of the party, the dinner for 20 looks set for disaster. The guests are perplexed and more than a little hungry "Aussie ladies" dinner is served an hour and a half late. But in spite of the pressures one ladette raises her game by embarking on a mission to stay sober throughout.
At the end of Episode Four, ladette Zoe was expelled. Eggleston Hall Finishing School is preparing to
Aussie ladies royalty for the first time in Aussie ladies history, and the teachers want their girls to make a good impression on the visiting prince — a dashing Italian from Venice. There's no margin for error when, after last week's appalling lapse in standards, Ms Harbord announces a zero-tolerance policy on bad behaviour.
But, when the four surviving ladettes are forced to wear a body harness to improve their deportment, one of them decides that enough is enough.