Has anyone started watching Masterpiece Theater’s new series “The Paradise?” I am not fond of most shows on TV these days even though we get hundreds of channels. I have always said I was born in the wrong era, I crave things from the past and am memorized by earlier days. Sunday night October 6th was the seasons premier. I must say I am liking it. The costumes and settings really grabbed my attention as well as the English accent. I was in need of something to tide me over until my beloved “Downton Abbey” returns.
The story revolves around the lives of the people who live and work in one of Britain’s glamorous first department stores “The Paradise”. I am assuming one may have lived where they worked back then, but it is a funny concept now. If you missed the season premier you can watch it here or catch one more run of it this afternoon (check local listings). I have my DVR set to record every episode, it looks like it runs from October 6- November 12, 2013.
Heres what you can expect: Denise Lovett may look the part of a country bumpkin when she arrives penniless and in search of work at the doors of The Paradise, Britain’s glamorous first department store. But before long, intoxicated by the potential of the modern world, she will turn her ambitious and inspired eye to the store’s ladieswear department, meanwhile catching the eye of the shop’s dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, a grieving widower with a secret. Enigmatic and shrewd, Moray embodies the modern era that he is ushering into the bustling Northern town in the form of petticoats and perfume. But what remains to be seen is whether those around him – the pampered heiress who mistakes hooks for heart, the sinister store detective whose loyalty knows no bounds, or the demure Denise herself, fighting to keep her ideas and her love from brimming over – will help or hinder the fulfillment of his grand ambition.