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.
In 1875 country girl Denise Lovett arrives in Newcastle to work in her uncle Edmund's drapery shop but he cannot afford to take on new staff due to the competition from the Paradise,the newly opened department store run by handsome go-getter John Moray. Denise gets a job in the Paradise's haberdashery department along with friendly Pauline and catty Clara,who once had a fling with Moray - supervised by the strict Miss Audrey. Moray's assistant Dudley is perturbed that Moray is buying on credit without the funds to pay his suppliers so Moray persuades Lord Glendenning to invest in the Paradise whilst telling Glendenning's daughter Katherine tht he cannot marry her as she had hoped. He uses as his excuse the memory of his late wife. When Clara tries to humiliate her in front of Katherine Denise reverses the situation,proving she is an excellent saleswoman,and she receives Moray's personal thanks and the guarantee of permanent employment. Moray also instigates a sale,which does very well though it is interrupted by an irate Edmund.
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.
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