The Paradise

Series 1 - Episode 7

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Plucky Denise rallies the disconsolate independent traders on Tollgate Street and comes up with a plan to take on the might of The Paradise. How about a co-operative, she suggests, with the men pooling their resources to win custom from the department store.

But spoilt brat Katherine Glendenning arrives at The Paradise with her posse and sets blazing trends. Where she leads, others follow, as the sheep-like ladies of this unnamed town quickly buy whatever Katherine buys, including some hideous black fabric that causes a sensation.

It’s the penultimate episode of Bill Gallagher’s soft drama and it’s yet another perfect ball of TV candy floss spun from the twin delights of romance and shopping. It’s such a sugary confection, there’s really no point in the murky subplot involving creepy Jonas, which has obviously been grafted on to give a smidgen of “edge”. But it’s superfluous.

About this programme

7/8. Denise is no longer employed at the Paradise and takes her ideas to the Tollgate Street Traders, hoping to increase their profits and compete against the power of the department store. But with the shopkeepers bickering among themselves, she resorts to subterfuge against her former employers. Katherine attempts to make her presence felt, but with Moray's feelings toward Denise growing, she has to act fast to secure her man, while Pauline sets out to seduce a befuddled Sam. Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott and Elaine Cassidy star.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lord Glendenning
Patrick Malahide
Katherine Glendenning
Elaine Cassidy
Charles Chisholm
David Bamber
Denise
Joanna Vanderham
Edmund Lovett
Peter Wight
Pauline
Ruby Bentall
Clara
Sonya Cassidy
Sam
Stephen Wight
Moray
Emun Elliott
Carruthers
Cliff Burnett
Jackson
Ian McLaughlin
Buldock
Darren Beaumont
Jonas
David Hayman
Dudley
Matthew McNulty
Miss Audrey
Sarah Lancashire
Arthur
Finn Burridge
Able
Paul Nicholson

Crew

Director
Marc Jobst
Producer
Simon Lewis
Writer
Katie Baxendale
Categories
Drama

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