Here are a few stills from the new BBC costume drama, 'The Paradise'. The story is based on Emile Zola's 1883 novel 'Au Bonheur Des Dames', and is directed by Marc Jobst. Costume design is by Alison Lyons.
Set in the early 1870s, it tells the story of Denise (Joanna Vanderham), a young girl working in a modern and mesmerising department store. It's costumes and textiles galore, with wonderful Victorian clothing, as well as a focus on womenswear and haberdashery sections of the store. Our protagonist works as a Sales Assistant at The Paradise, serving immaculately dressed, incredibly wealthy women. The department store is a thriving and modernising one, run by the fanciable John Moray (Emun Elliot).
'The Paradise' is an 8-part series airing on BBC One - catch the last two episodes on BBC iPlayer, or watch on Tuesdays at 9PM. Also, watch out for the rival ITV department-store-period-drama, 'Mr Selfridge', due to be aired in January 2013.
(Photos from the BBC website)