As a PBS viewer in the States (I wanted you to read it here first and not in a supermarket tabloid in the checkout line) when you tuned in Sunday and saw Carol Burnett receive the 2013 Mark Twain Prize, you were faced with the sad truth that it’s after hours for the PBS Masterpiece presentation of series 1 of The Paradise. It has shut its doors…for now.
For series 1, fans west of the Atlantic have, over the past 7 weeks, vicariously lived the life of a bright-eyed country girl, Denise Lovett, who finds more than just shop-girl work when she brings her clever ideas and ambition to Britain’s glamorous first department store, The Paradise. Denise, on the other hand, has come to know first hand the power struggles, intrigues and romance of retail as she catches the attention of the store’s dashing and enigmatic owner, John Moray. The Paradise revolves around the lives of the people who live and work in the store, each bound in their own way by the power of the world they live in, and the pasts that follow them there. It’s a love story, a mystery, a lavish costume drama and a social comedy all in one.
As you can see, series 2 takes place a year after the dramatic events (and all that entails) which occurred in the series 1 finale. Unfortunately, no spoilers here so you’ll have to wait until the series 2 premiere to find out what’s in store (sorry) for Lord Glendenning, Katherine, Denise and Moray. It promises to be more of the same…power struggles, intrigues and romance. Can’t wait.
While series 2 began on BBC One back in October of this year and is set to conclude on Sunday, 8 December, no U.S. broadcast date has been set as of yet on PBS.