Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise, Part 1

Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise, Part 1

Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 p.m.

A Victorian-era department store is the setting for love and intrigue in a new dramatic series.

Joanna Vanderham ("What Maisie Knew") stars as a beautiful salesgirl and Emun Elliott (“Game of Thrones”) as the ruthless, enigmatic store owner. Adapted from Emile Zola’s classic novel, the glittering shopping spectacle also stars Patrick Malahide, Elaine Cassidy, and Sarah Lancashire ("Last Tango in Halifax").

In the first episode, young and ambitious country girl Denise Lovett arrives in a booming northern city and takes a job at The Paradise, the glittering department store across from her uncle’s drapery shop.

It’s not long before her beauty and talent catch the eye of the store’s dashing owner, John Moray. Denise struggles to navigate the competing personalities in the Ladieswear department where she has been placed. Can her ingenuity save the day when she’s faced with her first challenges as a shop girl?

Top photo: Joanna Vanderham as Denise
Photo at right: Emun Elliot as Moray and Elaine Cassidy as Katherine