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The Paradise: Season 1

The Paradise: Season 1

$37.98

Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain's first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise (Joanna Vanderham, Dancing on the Edge, What Maisie Knew) finds her feet as a lowly shopgirl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray (Emun Elliot, Game of Thrones, Prometheus) spots her talents she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. In a world as colorful and captivating as the silks on display in the store, The Paradise is a love story with a mysterious, dark secret at its heart.

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Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain's first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise (Joanna Vanderham, Dancing on the Edge, What Maisie Knew) finds her feet as a lowly shopgirl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray (Emun Elliot, Game of Thrones, Prometheus) spots her talents she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. In a world as colorful and captivating as the silks on display in the store, The Paradise is a love story with a mysterious, dark secret at its heart.

Denise Lovett may look the part of a country bumpkin when she arrives penniless and in search of work at the doors of The Paradise, Britain's glamorous first department store. But before long, intoxicated by the potential of the modern world, she will turn her ambitious and inspired eye to the store's ladieswear department, meanwhile catching the eye of the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, a grieving widower with a secret. Enigmatic and shrewd, Moray embodies the modern era that he is ushering into the bustling Northern town in the form of petticoats and perfume. But what remains to be seen is whether those around him – the pampered heiress who mistakes hooks for heart, the sinister store detective whose loyalty knows no bounds, or the demure Denise herself, fighting to keep her ideas and her love from brimming over – will help or hinder the fulfillment of his grand ambition.

Episode 1
Bright and ambitious country girl Denise Lovett adapts to snubs and snobbery in the ladieswear department at the glittering department store, The Paradise, while its dashing and enigmatic owner, Moray, works to secure a loan from the powerful banker, Lord Glendenning. Moray is courting his daughter, Katherine, who is so supremely confident that she is immune to the rumours surrounding the mysterious death of his wife. But Denise, with her sharp intellect and curiosity, is drawn to the mystery and the man, whom in her admiration she is anxious to impress. A brilliant marketing promotion and a shopaholic aristocrat soon provide her with the opportunity, while simultaneously cementing new friendships and forming new rivalries.

Episode 2
When Denise finds an abandoned baby boy in ladieswear, Moray finds a fresh marketing opportunity, Lady Katherine finds a new suitor, and Clara finds a vulnerability that she'd long since buried. Denise's newest idea for The Paradise bumps up against the formidable Miss Audrey and requires a cunning, but risky, path to Moray's ear.

Episode 3
From haberdashery to ladieswear, every wonder is to be had at The Paradise, it seems, except for reciprocated love. Peter Adler distracts Lady Katherine from Moray, the man she can't have, but will she settle for her beloved's friend? Only Miss Audrey appears immune – instead, she suffers from a mysterious illness. It will take the empathy and ingenuity of a surprising team to bring her back to health.

Episode 4
Moray's ambitions hit a road bump in the form of Bradley Burroughs, the barber, while Edmund's ambitions get a boost from Katherine as she toys with Moray. As Denise executes another bold idea, Jonas graduates from prowling to a more active role in protecting Moray's interests.

Episode 5
Love is in the air when cages of exotic lovebirds arrive as The Paradise's latest attraction. But Miss Audrey cautions Denise to suppress and silence her feelings, and Dudley pressures Moray to take the plunge with Katherine. At The Paradise, it seems, birds are the only uncomplicated love pairing. Meanwhile, the sinister Jonas operates alone.

Episode 6
Denise summons all her ingenuity, pluck and cunning to face the biggest challenge of her career: uniting the curmudgeonly traders of Tollgate Street. But another union requires cunning of a different sort from the powerful and influence-wielding Katherine. Will it be enough to secure Moray? Glendenning, seeing Moray and Denise together, is uneasy.

Episode 7
A big day approaches for Moray, and The Paradise's staff anticipates the spectacular event with excitement and for some, dread. Trouble brews, suspicion grows, and the missing barber resurfaces. Katherine makes her move, and moral dilemmas paralyze a beholden Moray and a selfless Denise, for whom everything is at stake.

Cast
Joanna Vanderham...Denise / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Emun Elliott...Moray / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Stephen Wight...Sam (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Sonya Cassidy...Clara (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Matthew McNulty...Dudley (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Elaine Cassidy...Katherine Glendenning / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Finn Burridge...Arthur (16 episodes, 2012-2013)

Additional Information
Format: DVD
Brand: The Paradise
Run Time: About 7 3/4 hours
Region: Region 1
Special Features: The Paradise
Starring: Joanna Vanderham;Emun Elliott;Elaine Cassidy;Sarah Lancashire;Patrick Malahide;Peter Wight;Matthew Mcnulty;Ruby Bentall;Stephen Wight
Cast: <b>Cast</b> <br />Joanna Vanderham...Denise / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013) <br />Emun Elliott...Moray / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013) <br />Stephen Wight...Sam (16 episodes, 2012-2013) <br />Sonya Cassidy...Clara (16 episodes, 2012-2013) <br />Matthew McNulty...Dudley (16 episodes, 2012-2013) <br />Elaine Cassidy...Katherine Glendenning / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013) <br />Finn Burridge...Arthur (16 episodes, 2012-2013) </p>
Episodes: 8
ISBN: 883929336500
Number of Discs: 3
Rating: 6.6 million viewers and a 24.4% share
Written By: Bill Gallagher
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The best show should continue.
The Paradise is PBS’s highest quality recent drama. Its story lines, writing, acting, character complexity, dramatic intensity, romance, humor, and soundtrack surpass those features in the next-best recent comparable shows, Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge.  This became more evident to me upon repeat viewing of my Season 1 DVD. The Paradise is at a higher artistic level. It is enthralling and addictive. Nearly all the other current and recent PBS dramas and murder mysteries rate far below it.

I’d like to point out two of the features, which some viewers may not have fully appreciated:

The soundtrack: Composer Maurizio Malagnini has created music that incomparably excels that in any drama program I’ve ever seen. “...the lush beauty of the visuals and the incredible production values were a phenomenal source of inspiration for the music,” he wrote.

It is of superior stature in the realm of recent-year music — splendid and innovative, with enchantingly beautiful, sometimes jaunty, original melodies, strong emotional content, and fine matching of the musical character to the variety of on-screen activity. The score won a prestigious award, and a wonderful CD has been made which provides a spellbinding listening experience (with or without reference to the show). The music could have been played louder in places on the show.

Humor: Unlike the other two mentioned programs, The Paradise Season 1 offers numerous and various funny things. Perhaps they should have included a laugh track (just kidding!).

The story seems unfinished and should continue beyond Season 2, at whose end remain manifold opportunities for the creation of incidents and episodes and for the further development of The Paradise saga.

The cancellation after Season 2 is an affront to its many devoted (and donating) viewers, and a dereliction of the public service obligation of public-funded, nonprofit, TV stations to keep their program quality as high as possible and continue an unfinished program to a satisfying conclusion.

So, armed with several reasons to continue the series, I’m writing PBS, Masterpiece, and the BBC to urge them to heed the many passionate fans of this great program who want to see more, a Season 3 at least.
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Review by Raym; Albuquerque, NM, United States (Posted on 7/20/2014)
Too good to end
I did not realize there wasn't a season 2. I finally finished watching it today and was so disappointed I didn't get to see the smug smile fade from Miss Glendennings face, but could only imagine it...OR...was John only proclaiming his love for Denise one more time before he wed? I really enjoyed the 'behind the scenes'. This has been added to my fav five list along with Downton Abbey, Call the Midwives and Doc Martin.
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Review by Louanna69; Huntington Beach, CA, United States (Posted on 2/2/2014)
One of the best dramas from the BBC in years
This is an outstanding series that stands on its own as a classic. Superb characters, thoughtful and interesting script, and skilled acting make The Paradise a series that you may wish to add to your holiday present list. Beautifully produced and well worth the small investment -- one for the permanent collection. Five Stars. Here's to a second season.
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Review by Cynthia02; Gloucester Point, Virginia (Posted on 11/22/2013)
Love & the Department Store
There's nothing I'd rather watch than a costume drama produced by BBC and Masterpiece Theatre. The Paradise, the latest series to come from a collaboration between the Beeb and PBS, is one series that captures the heart and the imagination unlike any other. With lush sets, complex characters, and a terrific storyline, The Paradise is sure to please those who can't get enough of a good, clean story. 

Set in the latter half of the 19th century, The Paradise gives viewers a peek into the lives of those responsible for establishing a department store and keeping it afloat. But that's not all, glimpses into the everyday lives of all involved from the orphaned errand boy to the wealthy Glenndennings give the series its light-hearted moments as well as high drama. Starring relative newcomers Emun Elliott and the beautiful Joanna Vanderham as well as seasoned veterans, Elaine Cassidy and Sarah Lancashire, the department store of yore is brought to life in an intriguing and subtly sexy manner!

From the very first heated glance between Denise Lovett and John Moray to the last breathtaking scene of the finale, it's difficult to take your eyes off of the screen. Denise's wide-eyed, country girl innocence, Moray's take charge, brook no nonsense character, the very creepy and strangely loyal Jonas, and the bubbly and silly shop girl Pauline are the stars of this story. This series has less sordid and overall more appealing story-lines than this year's other department store drama, Mr. Selfridge. Moray is far more likable and more genuine a character than Selfridge and Elliott is a thousand times more suited for the role than Piven for Selfridge. While I preferred the more authentic store setting at Selfridge's over The Paradise, there's no question that The Paradise is the better series.

Similar to Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise offers a quality of entertainment that is second to none and is a great series to watch with the entire family!

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher/publicist for review purposes. I received no compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
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Review by steelergirl83; PA (Posted on 11/11/2013)