Having overdosed on the stuff for years, I tend to avoid lavish period drama these days, but the trailer I saw the other day for BBC1’s new Victorian effort ”The Paradise” has piqued my interest. Adapted from a novel by Zola and re-located to the North-East of England, it’s about a girl who goes to work in a department store and falls for the bad boy owner. Yes, it combines my two principal interests: shipping and shopping. How on earth can I resist that? Episode 1 of 8 starts on BBC1 at 9pm on Tuesday (25th) if you want to join me in giving it a go.
Meantime, however, anyone who missed season 1 of the marvellous Parenthood can remedy that forthwith as Five USA is re-running it daily (yes, EVERY weekday) from Monday (24th) at 12.30 pm. Being Five and therefore even worse at scheduling than everybody else, they still have no idea what to do with one of the only genuinely wonderful shows they actually have the rights to, so the times change during the week – this Tuesday’s ep is at 12.05, for instance, then Wednesday’s is at 12.30 – and it’s highly unlikely your series link will work because it’s EVERY DAY, so you’ll have to do a bit of chasing it around the schedules. Not to mention, they might just decide to stop mid-way through and not tell you if/when it’s coming back. Again. ARGH. But don’t let that put you off; once it hits its stride, it’s too lovely and heartwarming a show to ignore. Give it a shot and you’ll see what I mean.