Paradise: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Set amidst the Victorian splendour 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 finds her feet as a lowly shop girl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. Through sexy, episodic stories driven by romance and glamour, this series creates a world as colourful and captivating as the silks on display in the store. This is a love story, a story of ambition and progress, with a mysterious, dark secret at its heart.]]>
Top Customer Reviews
In addition to the character driven story lines, this made for a nice look at the class divisions in Victorian England, how the worlds of the working class and the nouveau riche differed so enormously, yet in the end were both equally plagued by very human problems. It was a treat to watch simply for the respect paid to the era, and truly, this was a wonderful example of British programming.
In fact, I would go so far as saying this is arguably one of the best BBC productions in recent years, with its lush attention to detail in spite of the more limited budget, the authentic sets, sharp dialogue and impressive costumes. I was beginning to despair that the BBC would ever produce a period drama of such high calibre again, but I am glad to have been proven so wrong in that regard.Read more ›
We are immediately introduced to our heroine Denise, well played by Joanna Vanderham, who has just come to the city from the country. She tries to get a job from her uncle, but his store is being slowly put out of business by an exciting new department store called The Paradise. Denise applies for and is given a job on probation as a trainee in dress sales.
The owner of The Paradise, Mr. Moray, played well by Emun Elliott, is determined to make his establishment the finest store of its kind in England. He has plenty of good ideas, but lacks the money to put his ideas into practice. He seeks financial assistance from Lord Glendenning, well played by the veteran actor Patrick Malahide. Lord Glendenning takes an interest in Moray only because his daughter loves the young man and begs her father to help him. It appears that Moray takes advantage of young Lady Glendenning because she is useful to him, but he finds country girl Denise with her bright intelligence, attractive looks, and good ideas more to his liking.
The conflicts in the story come from many sources. First, paying the bills and developing the business bring Moray into many disagreements with his conservative partner. Then the shop girls with their high spirits have a variety of problems keeping out of trouble. Lastly, and the focus of the first installment, a draper in the store is caught kissing the friend of young Lady Glendenning and is danger of being sacked. All these plot lines are well connected and the writing, acting, and directing are first-rate.Read more ›
Okay, that's it. I won't mention that other show again! The comparison just seems inevitable, so I thought I'd address it right away.
"The Paradise" details the formation of the first department store in the North of England circa the 1870s. This glamorous environment is a backdrop for the intertwined stories of the workers, traders, and shoppers who have made the Paradise part of their world. Initially, we see things from the outside.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVED this series! It pulled me right in. The BBC can't make enough of these as far as I'm concerned.Published 2 days ago by SheShell
The Paradise Hotel is innovative for its time. Great cast of characters. Had to keep watching it.Published 13 days ago by RodK
I have season 1 and 2 and love the show. I wish they had continued the series I was so disappointed but this disc will bring me hours of enjoyment. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Darlene Fields
Unbelievable how many five star ratings this week, poorly formed (probably director's fault) series. The acting isn't bad but my goodness! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Believer
The Paradise is a wonderful series. The plot moves along with twists and turns. I was very disappointed to learn that there were only two seasons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angela04
Love it but would pay a bit more for closed captions---impossible to decipher some of the dialogue---esp of the girls among themselves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PhilC