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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
Rental Formats:
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 100 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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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 Paradise series 2 is, in my view, not quite good enough. The story continues but it's no longer flowing along as in series 1. In particular the final episode has the speed of an express as it rattles and shakes along to get everyone sorted out and have 100% happy endings for each main character.

There are new characters to make sure all stereotypes are covered and I do mean ALL. Of the core crew Denise is not so likeable any longer, Clara is a shadow of her former self and Sam gets on your nerves. Arthur and Dudley along with Catherine are still brilliant in their roles. Moray is 50/50.

I loved series 1 and although series 2 is as crafted in terms of sets, costumes and music (absolutely worth 4 stars) the WOW factor is lacking. The storylines are disjointed and often touching the surface only, there's a lack of finesse, it's not quite good enough. Maybe this was rushed along to hit the screens before Christmas, there were problems with other commitments of some main characters which would also have had an effect.

If there is to be a series 3 and it could be done, then it should be given the time and care needed. If not then read Zola's book, if you love the Paradise then you will love the book even more.
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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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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 found this absolutely enchanting! The store, itself, is charming, and the actors do a wonderful job in making you believe in them.

There are plenty possible storylines left for a series 3, but the fact that it hasn't, as yet, been recommissioned is not a good sign. The second series was recommissioned while the first series was still being broadcast.

I miss Denise and Moray and can only hope that the BBC do the right thing and announce a third series. We need to know if Denise and Moray eventually marry. I would also like to eventually see Dudley's family. Will Jonas have turned over a new leaf? He certainly softened towards Denise and seems to have a soft spot for her. More Please!
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