The Paradise: Season 1 (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Paradise is a modest and winsome romance that luxuriates in its attractive cast and period trappings like a comforting blanket.


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A love story develops in a Victorian department store in Northern England. In series 1, Paradise shop owner John Moray sees potential in lowly shop girl Denise Lovett (Joanna Vanderham) and while working in his shop she experiences the romance, glamour, intrigue and power play of high society from behind its counters.

Critic Reviews for The Paradise Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

The Paradise blew its budget on fancy packaging and forgot about the product. I was left feeling short-changed.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

It will engage - though not obsess - those of us who enjoy parsing out the morals and manners of another time and place.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The first episode was such a pastiche, it's hard to see how Wood could manage to send it up any further.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The dramas, rivalries, kindnesses and treacheries begin almost at once, and as in all the best PBS series, they are well-drawn. Only the finest soap.

Oct 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Paradise's eight-hour journey eventually resolved itself into an unequal tussle between love and pragmatism.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

TV series about a spirited and creative young woman whose enthusiasm for work is a wonder to behold.

Jul 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Buyer beware: You're about to be charmed.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…

It suffers at times from a reductive, pastel-tinted chick-lit treatment.

Oct 8, 2013 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Television drama risks becoming not a department store but a one-product shop.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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The performances blur together, as actors deliver lines in a competent, polite way, and everything is filmed in a hazy glow. There's nothing wrong with any of it.

Oct 14, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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