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Subject: Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise
Date Posted: 11/13/2013 9:53 PM ET
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Anyone else enjoying this miniseries on PBS?  It is a Victorian-ish era period drama about a young lady who goes to work in a glamorous department store in the big city.  Am currently into episode 4 and it reminds me a bit of the Selfridge's series that Masterpiece did earlier in the year, if you liked that. 

Here's PBS's website for the show: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/paradise/

It is based on the book The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola.  I've not read any Zola -- anyone able to say anything about his writing? Recommend any particular title(s)?

 

Date Posted: 11/14/2013 10:08 AM ET
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I've been watching it too and it reminds me a lot of Selfridges.  The one thing I find remarkable (humorous) is that every dress that Catherine Glenndening wears is a variation of the same dress, just with different trimming colors!  Maybe that was typical of the time, I just don't know.

Date Posted: 11/14/2013 4:29 PM ET
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I'm DVR-ing it--glad to know it's worth watching

Date Posted: 11/14/2013 5:25 PM ET
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It hasn't held my interest.

Too much like Selfidges.

Date Posted: 11/25/2013 3:03 PM ET
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So, DH and I watched it over the weekend--it's pretty good, but a little slow. Definitely reminds me of Selfridge's----very odd that they'd produce two shows with such similar plots at the same time.