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The Paradise: Season 2

The Paradise: Season 2

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Following the smart, ambitious and big-hearted Denise Lovett, this series begins a year after the dramatic events that saw Moray declare his love for Denise and lose The Paradise after breaking off his engagement to Katherine Glendenning. The spurned Katherine has since married Tom Weston – a mysterious, brooding ex-military man with a troubled history. Although she seems to be starting her life anew, her passion for Moray threatens to draw her back into a love triangle, competing with Denise. Meanwhile, Moray and Denise, still at the forefront of fashion and innovation, are plotting to regain The Paradise from Katherine and her husband – at whatever cost.
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Following the smart, ambitious and big-hearted Denise Lovett, this series begins a year after the dramatic events that saw Moray declare his love for Denise and lose The Paradise after breaking off his engagement to Katherine Glendenning. The spurned Katherine has since married Tom Weston – a mysterious, brooding ex-military man with a troubled history. Although she seems to be starting her life anew, her passion for Moray threatens to draw her back into a love triangle, competing with Denise. Meanwhile, Moray and Denise, still at the forefront of fashion and innovation, are plotting to regain The Paradise from Katherine and her husband – at whatever cost. 

Episode 1
A year later, Denise and the Paradise are struggling without its charismatic owner Moray.
Episode 2
Moray's Parisian friend Clémence brings her fireworks to the Paradise, and sparks fly.
Episode 3
When the annual staff outing is cancelled, Denise brings the music hall to the Paradise.
Episode 4
Denise realises it can be lonely at the top, and Moray strikes a dangerous deal.
Episode 5
The Paradise's display of pocket watches proves a hypnotising attraction.
Episode 6
Denise gets to use her business initiative, and hearts are pushed to breaking point.
Episode 7
A renowned photographer visits The Paradise and his portraits reveal extraordinary things.
Episode 8
Clémence returns to the Paradise and a moment of reckoning forces Moray to risk everything.

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Format: DVD
Brand: The Paradise
Run Time: Approx. 464 mins.
Region: Region 1
Special Features: The Paradise
Starring: Joanna Vanderham ;Emun Elliot ;Sarah Lancashire
Cast: <p><b>Series 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)<br /> David Hayman... Jonas / ... (15 episodes, 2012-2013)<br /> Peter Wight... Edmund Lovett (12 episodes, 2012-2013)<br /> Sarah Lancashire... Miss Audrey (10 episodes, 2012-2013)<br /> Ruby Bentall... Pauline (8 episodes, 2012) <br /> Patrick Malahide... Lord Glendenning (8 episodes, 2012)<br /> Ben Daniels... Tom Weston (8 episodes, 2013)<br /> Lisa Millett... Myrtle (8 episodes, 2013)<br /> Katie Moore... Susy (8 episodes, 2013)<br /> Edie Whitehead... Flora (8 episodes, 2013)</p>
Episodes: 8
ISBN: 883929447725
Number of Discs: 2
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Good Conclusion to a Great Series
As you may know, The Paradise was one of my favorite new costume dramas from BBC/Masterpiece Theatre in 2013 (Read my review of The Paradise, Season One). With that cliffhanger involving Moray and Denise at the first season's conclusion, I was a bit devastated. It wasn't a melancholy scene by any stretch, but this impatient girl wanted to know what happened next without waiting an entire year! Sadly season two, while being just as sumptuous and melodramatic as the the series premiere, did not keep my attention as it's predecessor. A few of the familiar faces from last season including Pauline (Ruby Bentall) and Lord Glendenning (Patrick Malahide) were very noticeably absent from the screen. Seeing as Pauline was sort of the comedic relief and such a sweet, fun character and Lord Glendenning was the voice of reason, their absence took away from the story. That said, this season is still worth watching and The Paradise series as a whole is a must-watch for costume drama fanatics.

As noted above, the absence of certain characters was felt, however, the new additions certainly added flair and a uniqueness to the story of the Paradise and it's evolution. Tom Weston (Ben Daniels), the dangerous and flawed new husband of Katherine Glendenning; Myrtle (Lisa Millett), the Paradise's head cook, a new shop girl and a new arrival from Moray's adventures in Paris certainly add tension to the budding romance between Moray and Denise. Season Two deviates from the romance and the spark of forbidden love to focus more on the store itself and whether or not it can survive with two alpha males in Weston and Moray at the helm.

The Paradise series in it's entirety is a first rate drama. Season One is by far the best, as it establishes each of the characters firmly in your heart! Season Two is a bit more "soapy" (sabotage, fights, abuse, heart attacks, etc.) than the first series, but it's still worth the watch, especially if you enjoy a sweet love story. The BBC produces the best period dramas on the planet and I really hope they continue to send stories like this across the pond!

*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; (Posted on 12/15/2014)