I’ve been watching a mini-series on Masterpiece on PBS for the last six weeks or so. It’s called The Paradise. It takes place in London in the 1800s and the Paradise itself is a store in the city. The protagonist is a young girl named Denise and she moves to the city to live with her uncle who is a dressmaker. He doesn’t have enough work for her so, she gets a job at the store across the street from his place.
She’s a great success at the work and with her ideas, she helps to make the store a success. Along the way, there’s some drama with jealous workmates and a man who disappears after causing some trouble in the store. There’s a sinister one-armed man who works for the owner, John Moray. Moray’s wife died in mysterious circumstances and he is now seeing a woman who’s father is quite wealthy and is assisting Moray in financial ways to build up the store.
When Moray is torn between two women, the action heats up.
I loved this series. It was a joy to see the sets and costumes. I love these period pieces with the wonderful wardrobes and men in dashing ascots and neckties. The mysteries in this tale are well done and the cattiness of one particular character is so well done that I really wanted that person to get a big comeuppance. There are a few surprises in the mix as well especially in the last installment (as it should be, right?).
I recommend this one. Watch it if you get a chance.
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sounds like a show I would like.
It’s very good, Missieruth. I hope you check it out.
Thanks, my wife loves that age and looks at ‘wholesome’ movies about that time period. She is a romantic.
Ahh, She would love this one then. It’s really up her alley. Very wholesome and romantic.
You intrigued me with the “dashing ascots”! I just checked and all of the episodes are online at pbs.org. Something to fill the period gap before Downton.
Oooh, I love the dress from this period of time. It sounds like a nice way to take a break from working. I notice Tonette said the episodes are online, so I might have to check them out.
The clothes are lovely, Laurie. I have been watching on my local PBS station- I saw the dvds in Barnes and Noble the other day, too. Finding on Netflix or online would be awesome, too.
I’m going to look on Netflix as they are getting more and more TV shows. I love this time period.
It’s a great series, Lavada. I hope they make more.
It’s very popular here in the UK, as is Downton Abbey. I love period dramas!
I Love them, too Tricia. UK does the best on period pieces, don’t they?
Haven’t seen Paradise, or Downton Abbey, so am looking forward to catching up with both. I love period dramas, With all the channels we have here on SKY TV, I have to we say end up watching PBS channel the most. They show some fantastic programmes, mostly documentaries but brilliant none the less.
that’s funny, Kit because most of the shows we get on PBS are from the UK. We do get a lot of documentaries as well. I do love a good one of those.
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