Tuesday, September 18, 2012

EXCLUSIVE HOLLYWOOD SPY SPOTLIGHT ON BBC'S NEW PERIOD SET DELIGHTFUL TV SERIES "THE PARADISE" ABOUT THE FIRST 19TH CENTURY DEPARTMENT STORE

You have probably noticed that beside successful epic shows, another popular television trend have become period set dramas with up to ten episodes. We've all seen the huge success of ITV's DOWNTON ABBEY which is about to start its third season and has won Emmy awards
 (don't really know why, I find the show terribly empty and monotonous and lacking in wit and charm) and BBC America is breaking records with their brand new show COPPER. So I'm guessing you might have an appetite for BBC ONE's new period set show THE PARADISE
THE PARADISE STORY
The new show THE PARADISE tells the story of a love affair set against the backdrop of the opening of the first English department store in 1875. Smart, ambitious and big hearted Denise Lovett played by Joanna Vanderham arrives in the city to seek work in her Uncle Edmund’s shop. When he’s unable to help her, she turns to THE PARADISE and her eyes are opened to a whole new world of
 possibilities. This impossibly glamorous store provides the catalyst for her rags-to-riches story as she falls in love with the exhilarating and dangerous charms of the modern world. Entwined in this intoxication is The Paradise’s dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, played by Emun Elliott a buccaneering capitalist, self-made and utterly modern man who inspires in Denise a passion & creativity she didn’t know she had.
THE PARADISE TIDBITS
Ready to premiere with its first episode of the first season Tuesday September 26th (it was actually scheduled for next year, but BBC wanted to beat the very similar project MR. SELFRIDGE over at rival ITV, since ITV managed to crash BBC's UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS project with their DOWNTON ABBEY in the recent past.
The story of the new THE PARADISE series will be set in the 19th century and will revolve around the staff in a Victorian department store and its charismatic owner. The series, which hasn't even been finished yet only a few weeks before the premiere, is based on a novel by famous French author Emile Zola, with the book’s Paris store being relocated
 to North-East England for the TV adaptation.The producers have described the series as "Sex And The City" in the 19th century since the period set series has a very fancy setting and actually a lot of the dynamics that the characters face are really modern. Beside Emun Elliott (GAME OF THRONES) as John Moray and Joanna Vanderham as Denise Lovett, the cast also includes Elaine Cassidy, Peter Wight, Patrick Malahide who plays Lord Glendenning, David Hayman, Sarah Lancashire and others.

40 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! I hope I get to see it here in the States, but I suppose there's always DVD. :)

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    1. I'm sure it will air on BBC America :) It might be a hit like DOWNTON ABBEY was/is.

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  2. I love the look, but then again, I'm a period piece junkie.

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  3. The costumes look beautiful. =)

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    1. yep, those dark blue dresses are their uniforms in the store, so lovely :)

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    2. One of the best parts of period pieces is the wardrobes. Imagine the work that goes into designing, making and maintaining those. It's an art unto itself and thank God they give awards for it.

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    3. you should see Turkish show THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY which is the biggest TV hit around the Balkans, you would love the costumes in those, darling :)

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    4. I'll have to see if there is anyway to find it here.

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    5. just Google the pics from it, darling, you'd probably find watching the show itself a bit boring :) And I don't think it is translated into English.

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  4. I think you are just too young and hip to enjoy Downton Abbey. I admit some of the episodes are a little slow, but my brain delights in seeing all the beautiful dresses and fancy English life. It's really a period soap opera.

    This new show looks promising. I'll certainly give it a look if it comes on BBC here. I adore those period shows and will put up with a lot from the script...for awhile anyway.

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    1. that's ageism :PP I actually love such shows, for example YOU RANG MILORD was one of my fave shows when I was a kid, and I watch most BBC things, but in order to be my cup of tea I think that DOWNTON needs delightful touches in humour, settings, costumes, plot... It's mediocre for me as it is now. Needs more creativity. Hope this new show has that since it wasn't done by Julian Fellows, whose TITANIC series this year, beside DOWNTON, I also found monotonous.

      To give you an example of what I think is a flawless series of this genre, containing all the qualities I mentioned above - it is CRANFORD from a few years ago with Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Simon Woods (who just got married to his boyfriend, the director of Burberry's :), and others. I adore that series indescribably :) Such delight.

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    2. Well, you are just an adorkable babe in the woods compared to an old woman like me, but didn't you love Gosford Park by Fellowes? That was very smart, and I always think of Downton Abbey as Gosford-light for television. And Maggie Smith cracks me up.

      I'll have to check out Cranford (bows to her majesty Judi Dench).

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    3. Nope, fell asleep three times during GOSNORT BARK :) Maggie is the only delightful part in DOWNTON (especially when she fights with Matthew's mother :)

      You haven't seen CRANFORD??? Oh, you must, you must indeed, you can't possibly miss it, dahlink, can't possibly, I cannot stand it, I cannot, I swear, the very thought of you not watching it fills me with utter dread :)

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  5. Downtown Abbey though is classic British drama and it satisfies a particular need in their culture. Not my cuppa either as the wit is so dry that I need to be on a saline IV just to survive it.

    This one looks different though and Netflix always carries these so I'll get to see it eventually. I've high hopes for it.

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    1. darling, you've described it better than me :) Dry is the word!
      Hope Netflix will flix it for you, Annzie :)

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    2. I really did try to like Downtown Abbey. I wanted it to be good, but it couldn't hold my attention. It is possible to be "too British"

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    3. I'd blame it on Fellows, not on the Brits, since they do tend to have great humour sometimes (not all the time). I grew up watching ALO ALO, BLACK ADDER, YOU RANG MILORD?, ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES, THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS and such delightful British shows. But ABBEY is just plain mediocre and boring, has no charm nor wit. And even the setting wasn't all that pretty, ugly old house and ugly costumes.

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  6. Was Coldplay playing in the background? It put me off because the music was so modern but I love the premise.

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  7. I can appreciate the period outfits and background ~ Thanks for the updates Dez and will keep an eye for this one ~

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  8. I'm not a big fan of period dramas but The Paradise sounds interesting.

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    1. you is not? :) Me thought you is... On a positive side, maybe they have a chocolate section in the PARADISE department store :)

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  9. Oh, I wanted to watch Copper. I didn't know it was on already. I'm bad about keeping up with TV.

    .....dhole

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    1. yep, I think they've aired at least three episodes of COPPER so far, and I hear it's the best viewed original series the channel ever had.

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  10. I've been watching the ads on BBC but it's not my cup of tea, I'll have to hide it from the missus!

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  11. Not sure why everyone loves those "oldie" time settings. An era with no toothbrushes or deodorant doesn't seem pleasant to me.

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    1. but they did have toothbrushes and perfumes :)

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  12. Sex in the City in the nineteenth century - sounds like fun!

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  13. The paradise sounds interesting. I am not interested with the conflict, I am more interested with its departement store storx.

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    1. yep, I'm also interested to see what they have in offer in that store :)))

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    2. the set must be HUGE...19th century dept store surely didnt look like nowadays store

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    3. they say they found some old building in some English town and made the set out of it.

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  14. Hmmm..looks good! Hopefully they air it on BBC America so I can watch!

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