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The Paradise is Back

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Sep 23, 2014 7:13 PM

Order the carriage, raise your credit limit, and hurry to town: The Paradise is reopening for business! Joanna Vanderham (Blackwood) and Emun Elliott (Prometheus) return as the fairy-tale couple who found true love at a glamorous Victorian-era department store.  The Paradise, Season 2, airs in eight dazzling episodes on Masterpiece Classic, Sundays, beginning September 28 at 8:00pm on WITF.

In last season’s thrilling climax, Elliott’s character, Moray, proprietor of The Paradise, gave up his wealthy bride-to-be on the brink of the altar to fall into the arms of his heart’s desire—his lowly sales assistant Denise, played by Vanderham. It’s a beautifully improbable match, and The Paradise, Season 2, tells what happens next.

The returning cast includes Sonya Cassidy (Endeavour) as Clara, Denise’s professional rival at The Paradise; David Hayman (Trial & Retribution) as Jonas, Moray’s frightening fixer; Peter Wright (Hot Fuzz) as Edmund, Denise’s star-crossed shopkeeper uncle; Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango in Halifax) as Miss Audrey, head of ladies-wear and Edmund’s secret sweetheart; Stephen Wight (Sherlock) as Sam, the store jester; and Matthew McNulty (Cranford) as Dudley, Moray’s ever practical business partner.
New cast members include Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs Downstairs) as Fenton, a shady financier who desperately wants to buy The Paradise; Lisa Millett (Robin Hood) as Myrtle, the store’s indelicate cook; and Katie Moore (Doc Martin) as Susy, a gullible but goodhearted clerk.

Season 2 opens a year after Moray and Katherine’s aborted wedding. Katherine’s father has died, she has married Tom, and Tom now officially owns The Paradise. Meanwhile, Moray is cooling his heels in Paris and longing to return to Denise, who has kept her job at the store. But then Katherine unaccountably calls him back to take charge of The Paradise.

What could her motive possibly be?

Watch The Paradise on Masterpiece Classic Sundays at 8:00pm beginning September 28 on WITF.  

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