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The Paradise - Series 2 2013

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The ladies of The Paradise are back. The popular series, adapted from the much-loved classic French novel by Emile Zola, follows the smart, ambitious and big-hearted Denise Lovett played by Joanna Vanderham, who arrives in the city to find work. The second series sees The Paradise reopen its doors a year after the dramatic events of Series 1. We see old and new faces battling for control of the business alongside the complicated love triangle of Moray, Denise and Catherine.

Starring:
Emun Elliott, Ben Daniels
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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Paradise - Series 2, The - Disc 1 parental_guidance
  • Paradise - Series 2, The - Disc 2 parental_guidance
  • Paradise - Series 2, The - Disc 3 parental_guidance
Runtime 7 hours 49 minutes
Starring Emun Elliott, Ben Daniels, Elaine Cassidy, Joanna Vanderham
Director David Drury
Genres Drama
Studio 2 Entertain
Rental release 9 December 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
With the death of her father, the vengeful Katherine now owns the store. Recalling Moray back to the Paradise she remarks on seeing him, "It was a ridiculous notion to imagine I could marry a storekeeper and be at war with a shop girl". This, a year after being jilted by Moray for the lovely Denise, Katherine has married, picking someone who has the hallmarks of a money-grabbing scoundrel written all over him; penniless Tom Weston (Ben Daniels), an ex-soldier, philanderer and no doubt has a wolf-like agenda of his own. He comes with a young daughter, rapidly spoilt. A financier (Adrian Scarborough) and 'cor blimey' no nonsense cook Myrtle (Lisa Millett) have joined the cast.

The second series is pure theatrical drama (even with an impromptu musical hall performance by the staff), with lavish costumes, excellent acting and a top-notch script. The character interaction involves power struggles, jealousy, personal forays and disagreements with creative ideas being binned. The relationships between the protagonists are something of a roller coaster ride all adding to the entertainment and 'whose move is it next and where will it end up?'. Jonas, meanwhile, alternates from being the wise man to the stirrer. The brief appearances of Moray's friend Clemence Romanis, (Branka Katic), a racy feminist firecracker selling herself and her own firecrackers and putting Tom firmly in his place, livens the store's atmosphere.

This, as with the first series, has been enjoyable escapism with a strong visual and interpersonal emphasis. The acting and production team have been marvellous and although the ending was a bit rushed and convenient, the whole series has been a resounding success and for me compulsive viewing. Hopefully a third series will be commissioned as there is still plenty of fuel in the tank. Wonderful. English subtitles.
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You will need to vote to keep it. BBC have cancelled series 3. I am heart broken, but have voted and sent my petition.
Colin
love this series. One last chance to keep it.
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I've enjoyed both series thus far. Still I would like to make the following observation. Writer/director Bill Gallagher needs to buy a grammar book and learn how to use subject pronouns and object pronouns correctly. His more educated characters would know that "between he and I" is unacceptable and why. Yet the series is dotted with consistently poor pronoun usage in nearly every episode.

Aside from that, the second series continues where the first left off. Moray has returned from Paris to run The Paradise with Denise's exceptional help. In fact, she consistently puts a lid on her own natural brilliance so as not to deflate Moray's chauvinistic ego. At the same time, Katherine Glendenning's father has died, and she has inherited The Paradise. Her hasty marriage on the rebound to a former soldier, Tom Weston, brings with it his young daughter, Flora, to brighten Katherine's life, while her husband's vile temper manages to darken it. Jonas returns to stir the cauldron of political intrigue as the major characters attempt to take permanent control of the department store.
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The first season was super. But what happened then? The engaging story about the running of a departmentstore in Newcastle at the end of the 19th century is turned into a second rate soapopera about romantic and business rivalry where the audience can feel no sympathy for any of the characters. The series was cancelled after this season. A good descicion!
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I choose the 5 star rating as I really can't get enough of this show!!!!!

Lord Glendenning has died, and Katherine Glendenning has inherited The Paradise. She now has a husband, Tom Weston, and a young step daughter, Flora. Moray, who has been exiled to Paris, is asked to return by Katherine to revive the fortunes of The Paradise and save it from being sold. Weston is determined to control his wife and The Paradise, overruling Moray to his own advantage. Moray's position at the Bon Marche is a reference to Octave Mouret's derision and constant competition with the same.

Althought I prefered the first series as this was a little darker but still as magical, I was waiting to see where the third series took us as it left us with so many ways in which the story could go - some people have said that this ended how it should I feel being a die hard paradise fan there was still so much more to be done & told.

I'm gutted that it isn't returning to the bbc, yet again great drama axed in its prime. BBC seem to be doing this more and more oftern.

Please note : This is nothing like Mr selfridge. That was based on real life events & his real life. The paradise shows more of a womens dream & love triangle, in which in that time was on the rise slowly. Sick of them being compaired when they are nothing a like other than they are both in shops!

Wish they would bring it back for a third series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But if not.................

A own a lovely story on dvd for you to cherish in years to come
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Such a wonderful series!! I find that the second series is better than the first ; not only in terms of plots but also for their complex portaits of ladies, a must see and a must buy!You won't regret it!
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