Continuing my love of BBC period shows, I have a new one for you: The Paradise.
It's based on a novel by Emile Zola about the beginnings of my beloved Le Bon Marché department store in Paris. The story was adapted to tell the tale of the first British department store. (I thought it was about Fortnum and Mason or Liberty, two of my favorite places, but alas.)
The sets are gorgeous, of course, and I grabbed a few caps for you. Behold:
The story revolves around the owner, Mr. Moray, and his flock of employees at The Paradise. There's a country girl with big eyes and big ideas and Mr. Moray's rich love interest, Miss Glendenning. My favorite scenes take place inside the early Art Nouveau store and the Glendenning residence.
(Check out all the canes lined up)
The costumes are on another level, too. Miss Glendenning has a new frock, hat and matching purse in every scene.
And the walls of miniature portraits in the Glendenning estate, undoubtedly painted by a bored upperclass lady.
Let's hope it hits these Downton Abbey-starved shores soon.