Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Paradise

A couple of weeks ago I told you about Reign, a fun and not so historically accurate period drama set in the 1550's.  If you enjoy stepping back in time but want to take more of a baby step, then you should watch The Paradise!

The Paradise

The Paradise is based on a novel by Emile Zola and is set in 1875 in an English department store.

The main character, Denise, is from a small country village, but when she lands in the big city and gets a job at the new department store "The Paradise" we find out that she's full of big ideas that land her squarely in the spotlight, sometimes for good, sometimes not.

Denise and her nemesis Clara.
There's intrigue, romance, great costumes, and some pretty awesome characters.

Mr. Moray owns the Paradise and has that je ne sais quoi that all the girls love, especially poor little rich girl Katherine Glendenning.

Katherine has the most sumptuous
dresses but they always seem to me like she had some extra
upholstery trimmings laying around and stuck them on her dress.

If you love Downtown Abbey, and got hooked on Selfridges when it continued to feed our need to historical drama during DA's hiatus, then you will definitely enjoy The Paradise too.  The familiar themes of the great divide between the classes, loveless marriages, and the struggle for women to have their voices heard, carries on through all of these characters.

Oh BBC!  What will you come up with next?!?!


Anonymous said...

L-O-V-E, love Paradise. I especially like the relationship between Denise and her boss. I like how BBC shows complexity in relationships. But what an abrupt ending. Is there more coming? Or is that it? BBC is sooo unpredictable.

Cranberry Morning said...

I didn't start watching this because it seemed to me that it would just be another 'Selfridges.' But it's not?


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