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The Paradise [DVD]

Joanna Vanderham , Emun Elliot    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliot, Elaine Cassidy, Sarah Lancashire, Matthew Mcnulty
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009GJDDHS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. ...The Paradise (Season 1) - 3-DVD Set ( The Paradise - Season One )


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140 of 146 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Cinderella will get to the Ball? 13 Nov 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Bill Gallagher has written a Victorian period drama (1865),that is basically entertaining escapism. Country girl Denise (Joanna Vanderham) arrives at her uncle's drapery shop who promised her years ago that the shop would be hers, one day, and a job always awaiting. Little did Denise know her uncle had fallen on hard times due to the opening of a department store ('The Paradise') opposite his and other shop-owners, founded by the ambitious and seemingly ruthless John Moray (Emun Elliott). Denise gains employment there only to be put in her place by ladieswear supervisor, Miss Audrey,splendidly played by Sarah Lancashire.

Denise is bright, attractive and is quick to spot a sales opportunity, not always to her colleagues' approval but attracts Moray's attention to her potential and looks. He is ambitious and is being strangled by the attentions of the spoilt little rich girl Katherine Glandenning superbly played by Elaine Cassidy whose stoical father is a wealthy banker (Patrick Malahide). The cunning and dislikeable Katherine uses her father's financial position to push the handsome Moray into a promised marriage. Moray has secrets. He is kept on his feet by his best friend and confidante. The sinister Jonus (David Hayman) lurks menacingly in the background.

Characters Arthur and Sam add to life and humour in the department store with their own personal problems and loyalties along with other staff members. Despite Denise's attempts to help her uncle and his fellow independents, the stranglehold of the haberdashery ('The Paradise') is seemingly unbeatable. The horrid, deluded Katherine (wicked witch of the North) is not to be thwarted with her marriage ambition despite Denise's presence. There are interesting revelations concerning the characters' pasts.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Paradise 10 May 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched the series on TV and loved it. However, when I went back to it, there were moments that made me cringe watching it again such as the scene with Moret and Catherine having dinner. At times like that it does come across as a little cliched, but in spite of these odd (and fortunately few) moments I think it is a great adaptation of Zola's 'The Ladies' Paradise'. After watching the series I went off and read the original novel, and it was interesting seeing how they had adapted the story for the screen, but be warned, do not expect a faithful reproduction of the novel.The characters in the novel are a lot less likeable than those portrayed in the series. In spite of this I still think the series has merit, and I particularly liked how it was set in a town other than London or Paris which demonstrated how the industrial revolution, the mass-production and beginning of a free market affected Europe as a whole - even cities so fair up north that normally get overlooked when period dramas are made. (Most of them seem to be set in famous cities).
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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The Paradise is an eight part BBC series based on the novel Au Bonheur des Dames by Emile Zola, about a daring entrepreneur, John Moray, pioneering in his management of a flourishing, sumptuous department store located in an unknown northern town- known as The Paradise.

The story begins when Denise, an impoverished but clever girl arrives in town. Slightly awkward and naive from a sheltered, rural upbringing, Denise hopes to stay with her uncle, a struggling dressmaker who has been unable to compete with the success of the Paradise across the street. Denise's uncle is unable to look after her, and, much to his chagrin, she is forced to seek work at The Paradise. She is placed in ladieswear and quickly her sharp eye and modern ideas get her noticed by Moray, and elicit both jealousy and respect in equal measure amongst the rest of the staff. The chemistry between Denise, played by Joanna Vanderham, and Moray (Emun Elliott) is natural and convincing, and they are clearly cut from the same cloth in terms of business acumen, if you'll pardon the pun. Then there is Moray's on-off girlfriend, Katherine Glendenning, a devious and controlling little coquette who wants Moray for her own, and whose father just so happens to have the financial power to make or break Moray's endeavor. Throw in a few flies in the ointment- Clara, a jealous but fragile colleague with an unhappy secret, Miss Audrey, a spinsterly superior desperate not to be usurped by Denise, and Mr Jonas, a Machiavellian henchman of Moray's and you have the makings of an excellent pot-boiler.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 30 Oct 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love period dramas and The Paradise is definitely one of my favourites. It has been compared to Downton Abbey, of which i am a fan, but i feel it is a little unfair to compare them as The Paradise is more similar to a light hearted period drama like Lark Rise To Candleford than a serious drama like Downton. From the first episode i could not wait til the next, the cast are fantastic especially the two main leads. The Paradise is perfect for fans of period romances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best show should continue.
The Paradise is the highest quality drama shown in recent years in the U.S. by PBS. Its story lines, writing, acting, character complexity, dramatic intensity, romance, humor, and... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by R. M. Reddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly as expected
Published 1 day ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Production. Bought as a gift for friends to see.
I enjoyed watching this on TV. Purchased as a gift for friends who live abroad and can't get British TV.
Published 18 days ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
To be recommended.
Published 20 days ago by PATRICIA ANNE WAYMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series on the television for years wanted to have ...
One of the best series on the television for years wanted to have my own copy so that I can watch over and over again.
Published 22 days ago by susan lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story
Published 22 days ago by Mrs dm Kitchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this series
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A posh version of "Are you being served?".
I've currently watched 7 of the first 9 episodes of this tedious series and after the high scores for it on this website, I wonder if the next two episodes are the best ones. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tallulah
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd the paradise
good buy, good price, recommend to family and friends,
who loved watching this programme on the tv. makes
a good present to someone, who loves drama's.
Published 1 month ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment!
I very much like British period drama and was looking for something new to overcome the summer gap until 'Downton Abbey' series 5 will be published- So I choose 'The Paradise'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anja St.
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