An intoxicating love story set in England's first department store in the 1870s.
A smartly dressed French debt collector dies in the store shortly after the arrival of Clemence who is trading Hazard dice and Parisian rouge, a product associated with prostitutes, and challenges Denise to sell it. Clemence is confronted by Weston who has bought her debts so he can make her his mistress and dispense with his wife Katherine. Denise and Jonas fail to stop Weston and the task falls to Moray to recover the debt in a game of Hazard that culminates in The Paradise's fate being decided on the throw of the dice until Katherine's intervention. Denise finds a way to resolve hers and Moray's differences. The series ends with the lovers kissing.
Weston hires photographer Christian Cartwright (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) to take a family portrait only emphasizing Katherine's position in the family is fragile. Cartwright will also be taking the staff's portraits and he takes a keen interest in Clara to be his muse. Moray and Denise's relationship is still strained even when he reveals the plotting to wrest control of The Paradise. Weston's asks Denise to create a new venture to upset Moray and she creates 'Paradise Postcards', with Cartwright, for their customers. Weston reveals Moray's plotting to Katherine and suggest she has a holiday abroad alone. A serialised ghost story bring Moray and Denise back together and Weston makes a proposal to Clara.
BBC and PBS are well known for their renditions of classic English novels. This is one of the good ones to explain the conditions of working men and women and shows how much progress we have made, even though there is much to do yet. The characters have to be above reproach, or they meet an unsatisfying end in all the morality type stories.
Linn Marie Nordvik
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