A Victorian-era department store is the setting for love, intrigue, and a revolution in retailing, with Joanna Vanderham (What Maisie Knew) as a beautiful salesgirl and Emun Elliott (“Game of Thrones”) as the ruthless, enigmatic store owner. Adapted from Emile Zola’s classic novel, the glittering shopping spectacle also stars Patrick Malahide, Elaine Cassidy, and Sarah Lancashire.
The story opens with Denise’s arrival in a northern English city to help out her uncle, only to discover that he has no work for her. She lands a job across the street at The Paradise, thanks to a snap judgment by Moray that this modest young woman has retail potential—plus other interesting qualities. Before long, he is calling her “my little champion” in recognition of her preternatural gift for customer relations and marketing.
Naturally, complications abound—in the jealousy of the other staff for Denise; in the store’snever-ending battle to increase sales and pay off loans; in the disaster befalling Denise’s uncle and other tradesmen; in Moray’s reputation as a ladies’ man who has taken liberties with female employees; in the darkly hinted fate of Moray’s first wife, whose portrait hangs like a shrine in his office; and in his tempestuous relationship with Katherine, whose beauty, wealth, and infatuation with him make her the ideal candidate to become the second Mrs. Moray.
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