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.
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?!?!