The Paradise series two: five things you should know

From new characters to new facial hair, here's the lowdown on what to expect when Moray and his team return this Sunday...

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Pauline is MIA – but there are some new faces in store…

Pauline was never the brightest button in the box, but we’d warmed to her naive flirtations with Sam and doomed attempts to win Mr Moray’s favour. No such pleasures in series two as Pauline appears to have disappeared altogether – and no one seems to have noticed. The poor lass doesn’t even get a mention in the first episode as her former colleagues appear hell-bent on getting the store back on track following their beloved boss’s banishment to Europe and beyond.

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But in the absence of Paulinisms, we have newbies Susy (Katie Moore) and Myrtle (Lisa Millett) to keep us entertained. Susy (left) is a sweetie, drafted in on the shop floor at poor P’s expense, but Myrtle’s sweary, sweaty presence in The Paradise’s kitchens is all a wee bit of a headache, if we’re honest. The bawdy chef makes no secret of her crush on shady Nathaniel, but when she’s not doting on his every need, her shrill shrieks can be heard echoing across the dining hall. Earplugs at the ready…



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There’s a new moustache in town…

Speaking of fresh faces, Cutting It’s Ben Daniels has joined the cast – and boy can he grow some good facial hair. The new alpha male in town is former military man, Tom Weston, whose recent speedy nuptials to Katherine have led him to the doors of The Paradise. Now, it comes as no surprise that her new hubby takes an instant dislike to Mr Moray who, let’s not forget, left his beloved at the altar at the end of last series. Armed with a deliciously sinister look in his eye (see left), Tom gives Moray plenty more to be fearful of than his fabulous facial hair. First off, he’s planning to sell off The Paradise to the highest bidder. Ooh-er.



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Moray’s dodgy barnet

While his new nemesis is swanning around the store (combing his moustache, no doubt), Moray has gone and gotten himself a bad haircut. We thought the coiffeurs of Paris were style-savvy, but look what they’ve done to his luscious locks. With Denise’s affection on the line, surely he could have done better than this floppy fringe? At least the barber’s scissors didn’t reach his facial hair…



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Water and red velvet do. not. mix

Poor old Mr Dudley (Matthew McNulty) has been left in charge of The Paradise in Moray’s absence, but profits are going down the toilet. Without the business nous of his friend and partner, poor Dudders has struggled to keep the ship afloat and with eager buyers circling, he has one last ditch attempt to reverse the store’s fortunes. The product tasked with saving The Paradise is the red velvet cape, worn by Princess Alexandra, no less. Dudley brazenly orders 200 of them, but after a nasty accident with some dodgy plumbing, it looks like all could be lost…



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Denise gets a makeover

A quick glance through the preview pictures for Sunday’s episode shows Denise in a selection of rather sumptuous outfits. Viewers of the last series will have grown accustomed to seeing Den in her drab and dreary black, but she’s gone rather upmarket this time around, with a string of outfits that wouldn’t look out of place on Katherine herself. “In series one we tried to play the reality of the fact that she didn’t have very much money,” actress Joanna Vanderham told us, “and in this series we’ve kind of forgotten the reality of it just a touch. In the last season I think I had three dresses in total and this season, we’ve only done six episodes so far and I have maybe seven already.” Exciting stuff –  expect plenty more glamorous dresses emerging from Denise’s enviable fancy dress box in the weeks to come…

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Series two of The Paradise begins on Sunday at 8:00pm on BBC1