On September 25, 2012, BBC ONE will start airing a new series called The Paradise. It is written by Bill Gallagher who wrote for Lark Rise to Candleford so I’d say that is good news. It is based on Au Boneheur de Dames, a novel by Emile Zola but set in Britain rather than France.
Here is a brief synopsis from BBC1’s Programming Information page:
In the first episode of Bill Gallagher’s new drama, Denise Lovett, a young and ambitious country girl with only her wits to live on, arrives in a booming Northern city to take up a long-held promise of work in her uncle’s drapery shop.
But she soon discovers that her uncle cannot afford to employ her as most of his customers have been seduced away by the The Paradise, England’s first department store, right across the street.
In order to survive Denise is forced to take a job at The Paradise and soon falls in love with its intoxicating surroundings; as well as its dashing and reckless owner, John Moray. Moray’s head is immediately turned by Denise’s beauty and talent. Moray is already courting the dazzling and wealthy Lady Katherine Glendenning, whose father Moray needs to charm to secure a loan for his store’s expansion. He sets out to impress him with a huge sale to draw people in from far and wide. Katherine is desperate for Moray to propose but, much to her frustration, Moray is committed to his first love – his store.
Malahide plays Glendenning, described by Emun Elliot (who plays The Paradise’s owner John Moray) as the man “who runs the city and is one of the wealthiest men in town.”