The Paradise

9:00pm Tuesday 13 November on BBC ONE

As the wedding approaches, a dangerous discovery in the dead of night sends shockwaves through The Paradise. Speculation and suspicion soon falls on one man, and causes someone else to admit to Moray that he witnessed a crucial incident.

With Edmund’s blessing, Denise returns to The Paradise – but her true feelings for Moray become clear for Katherine to see, provoking her to make threats to ensure her wedding goes ahead.

Excitement spreads when Moray announces a party for the staff to celebrate his marriage, forcing him to realise where his heart truly lies. The big day arrives, but can Moray find the courage when he needs it most, or will the threat of losing The Paradise stop him from following his heart?

Cast: Emun Elliott plays John Moray, Joanna Vanderham plays Denise Lovett, Elaine Cassidy plays Katherine Glendenning, Patrick Malahide plays Lord Glendenning, Peter Wight plays Edmund Lovett, David Hayman plays Jonas Franks, Sarah Lancashire plays Miss Audrey, Matthew McNulty plays Dudley, Ruby Bentall plays Pauline, Sonya Cassidy plays Clara, Stephen Wight plays Sam and Finn Burridge plays Arthur

Written by Bill Gallagher

Ep 8/8

9:00pm Tuesday 6 November on BBC ONE

No longer employed at The Paradise, Denise’s ingenious ideas are the Tollgate Street Traders’ gain as she attempts to increase their profits and compete against the powerful Paradise.

With the shopkeepers bickering between themselves, it seems an impossible task. Later, when she resorts to subterfuge in order to stay one step ahead, Moray is amused and impressed by her cunning, and congratulates her – igniting his feelings even further. But can the traders stop their petty arguments long enough to ensure the success of the scheme?

Katherine sets out to make her presence felt in the Paradise as the soon-to-be Mrs Moray, suffocating Moray and whipping the loyal Jonas into action to defend his position. With Moray’s feelings towards Denise growing, Katherine must act fast in order to secure her man.

With a little misguided encouragement from Katherine, Pauline attempts to seduce a befuddled Sam, and a warning from Lord Glendenning has Moray contemplating his future.

Cast: Emun Elliott plays John Moray, Joanna Vanderham plays Denise Lovett, Elaine Cassidy plays Katherine Glendenning, Patrick Malahide plays Lord Glendenning, Peter Wight plays Edmund Lovett, David Hayman plays Jonas Franks, Sarah Lancashire plays Miss Audrey, Matthew McNulty plays Dudley, Ruby Bentall plays Pauline, Sonya Cassidy plays Clara, Stephen Wight plays Sam, Finn Burridge plays Arthur and guest starring David Bamber as Charles Chisholm

Ep 7/8

9:00pm Tuesday 23 October on BBC ONE

Katherine is desperate to win Moray back. So when he resists her advances she resorts to underhand tactics and games in order to cause a public stir and force Moray’s attention.

Moray thinks the time is now right to expand the store but to do so he needs to persuade Burroughs the barber next door to sell his shop. But Burroughs will only sell on condition he is made a junior partner in the business. Moray has no choice.

Denise, meanwhile, proposes an idea to attract more custom in Ladieswear. Gentlemen’s Afternoon is intended to pique the curiosity of men who might wish to purchase a gift for their wives. But when the men appear to be having more fun than is seemly, their wives are scandalised and threaten to boycott the store.

Burroughs claims to Jonas that he has incriminating evidence surrounding the death of Moray’s wife. Loyal Jonas is furious and decides that Burroughs must be dealt with once and for all, but his actions are witnessed by an employee.

Cast: Emun Elliott plays John Moray, Joanna Vanderham plays Denise Lovett, Elaine Cassidy plays Katherine Glendenning, Patrick Malahide plays Lord Glendenning, Peter Wight plays Edmund Lovett, David Hayman plays Jonas Franks, Sarah Lancashire plays Miss Audrey, Matthew McNulty plays Dudley, Ruby Bentall plays Pauline, Sonya Cassidy plays Clara, Stephen Wight plays Sam, Finn Burridge plays Arthur and guest starring Arthur Darvill as Bradley Burroughs.

Ep 5/8

9:00pm Tuesday 16 October on BBC ONE

When Miss Audrey develops a mysterious illness, her absence creates a vacancy for a temporary head of Ladieswear. With a potential client expected to make a large order, Moray and Dudley’s decision causes friction and jealousy between Denise and Clara.

Meanwhile, Moray appears on edge, unsure how he feels about Katherine’s new suitor. Katherine enjoys the respect and the affection that Adler is giving her, but is it really enough to make her happy? When Glendenning starts to see the cracks appearing in Katherine’s resolve to move on from Moray he grows frustrated.

Believing it to be jealousy that irks Moray, Dudley urges Katherine to try again. In a vulnerable state, Moray nearly succumbs to Clara’s attempts at seduction, but can he stop it before it becomes too late?

When Edmund remembers something that might be responsible for Miss Audrey’s mysterious illness, Moray must step in and resolve the problem to reinstate his Leading Lady to her rightful place and restore order in Ladieswear.

Written by Bill Gallagher

Cast: Emun Elliott plays John Moray, Joanna Vanderham plays Denise Lovett, Elaine Cassidy plays Katherine Glendenning, Patrick Malahide plays Lord Glendenning, Peter Wight plays Edmund Lovett, David Hayman plays Jonas Franks, Sarah Lancashire plays Miss Audrey, Matthew McNulty plays Dudley, Ruby Bentall plays Pauline, Sonya Cassidy plays Clara, Stephen Wight plays Sam, Finn Burridge plays Arthur and guest starring Mark Bonnar as Adler.

Ep 4/8

9:00pm Tuesday 9 October on BBC ONE

It’s a new day and Denise is shocked to discover that a customer has abandoned a baby boy… in Ladieswear. Moray seizes on The Paradise baby as a marketing opportunity, with The Paradise staff instructed to look after the child in the meantime.

To test Moray’s feelings for her, Katherine Glendenning takes a shine to Peter Adler, the warm-hearted patron of the foundling home where the baby will eventually reside. How will Moray react?

After Miss Audrey bans Denise from having any more ideas, Denise must use circuitous and potentially dangerous methods to get her retail notions to Moray.

The mysterious arrival of the baby also leads Arthur on a quest for the truth of his own origins, provokes a spiteful reaction from Edmund, and brings a secret from Clara’s past to the fore.

Written and created by Bill Gallagher.

Cast: Emun Elliott plays John Moray, Joanna Vanderham plays Denise Lovett, Elaine Cassidy plays Katherine Glendenning, Patrick Malahide plays Lord Glendenning, Peter Wight plays Edmund Lovett, David Hayman plays Jonas Franks, Sarah Lancashire plays Miss Audrey, Matthew McNulty plays Dudley, Ruby Bentall plays Pauline, Sonya Cassidy plays Clara, Stephen Wight plays Sam and Finn Burridge plays Arthur.

Ep 3/8

9:00pm Tuesday 2 October on BBC ONE

Katherine Glendenning’s oldest friend, Jocelin, pays a visit and is soon seduced by the wonders of The Paradise. But her erratic spending begins to concern the staff: are her actions masking a secret?

When Sam comes to Jocelin’s rescue in the Great Hall, a chance moment leads to a misunderstanding that threatens his career and the reputation of The Paradise. And it’s left up to Pauline to save the day.

Meanwhile, excitement spreads through the store when a glamorous new promotion is announced, leaving Miss Audrey flustered but giving Denise the opportunity to shine in Moray’s eyes.

Cast: Emun Elliott plays John Moray, Joanna Vanderham plays Denise Lovett, Elaine Cassidy plays Katherine Glendenning, Patrick Malahide plays Lord Glendenning, Peter Wight plays Edmund Lovett, David Hayman plays Jonas Franks, Sarah Lancashire plays Miss Audrey, Matthew McNulty plays Dudley, Ruby Bentall plays Pauline, Sonya Cassidy plays Clara, Stephen Wight plays Sam, Finn Burridge plays Arthur and Olivia Hallinan plays Jocelin.

Written by Bill Gallagher

Ep 2/8

9:00pm Tuesday 25 September on BBC ONE

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.

Denise struggles to settle into Ladieswear as her spiteful colleague, Clara – who is herself smitten with Moray – wilfully makes life difficult for her and even threatens to scupper The Paradise sale. Only Denise’s ingenuity can save the day.

Cast: Emun Elliott plays John Moray, Joanna Vanderham plays Denise Lovett, Elaine Cassidy plays Katherine Glendenning, Patrick Malahide plays Lord Glendenning, Peter Wight plays Edmund Lovett, David Hayman plays Jonas Franks, Sarah Lancashire plays Miss Audrey, Matthew McNulty plays Dudley, Ruby Bentall plays Pauline, Sonya Cassidy plays Clara, Stephen Wight plays Sam and Finn Burridge plays Arthur.

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