Cutting It actor Ben Daniels and Upstairs Downstairs actor Adrian Scarborough are to join the cast of BBC One‘s period drama The Paradise. The department store drama, based on the French novel by Emile Zola, is to return to BBC One later this year for a second series. Filming on the new season, written by Bill Gallagher who successfully adapted Lark Rise to Candleford for the BBC, has just begun.
Filming has commenced on the second series of BBC One’s The Paradise and with it the announcement of new faces joining the sensational period drama. The second series reopens the doors to The Paradise a year after the dramatic events that saw Moray declare his love for Denise and break off his engagement to Katherine Glendenning.
Joanna Vanderham reprises her role as Denise Lovett, a bright and beautiful girl from Peebles full of ambition, and Emun Elliot returns as the dashing and entrepreneurial Moray. Elaine Cassidy returns as the spurned Katherine, with all three characters locked in a love triangle battling for control of The Paradise. Joining the current cast is Ben Daniels (Jack The Giant Slayer, House Of Cards, Merlin) who will play Katherine’s new husband, Tom Weston, an enigmatic former soldier.
On starring in the series Ben says: “I’m a huge Émile Zola fan and when Bill Gallagher said he was writing a new character for The Paradise and had me in mind for the role, I knew I wanted to play Tom Weston before I’d even read a word of the script. Tom’s a fascinating animal and will certainly be ruffling a few feathers (and silks!) along the way. I’m really looking forward to the next few months of filming.”
Along with Daniels, also joining series regulars are Lisa Millett (Five Daughters, The Pillars Of The Earth) who will take on the role of Myrtle as the bawdy but kind-hearted new cook alongside new characters Susy, played by Katie Moore (Misfits, Merlin); Tom’s daughter Flora, played by Edie Whitehead; and Fenton, played by Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs, Downstairs). There are also appearances from Kevin Guthrie who will be playing Nathanial, and Branka Katic as Clemence. Also returning are Matthew McNulty (Dudley), Sarah Lancashire (Miss Audrey), Stephen Wight (Sam) and Sonya Cassidy (Clara).
The popular series, adapted from the much-loved classic French novel by Emile Zola, follows the smart, ambitious and big-hearted Denise Lovett played by Vanderham, who arrives in the city to find work. The store provides the catalyst for her rags-to-riches story as she falls in love with the exhilarating and dangerous charms of the modern world and her eyes are opened to a whole new world of possibilities.
In its first series The Paradise attracted a loyal following with an average consolidated audience of 5.7 million. The Paradise is written and created by Bill Gallagher and made in-house by BBC Drama Productions. The executive producer for the BBC is Susan Hogg and the producer is Simon Lewis. The series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, former Controller, BBC One.