Wearside-filmed series The Paradise hits US screens

The Paradise - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jonathan Ford
The Paradise - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jonathan Ford
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FROM the Lambton Estate to LA – costume drama The Paradise will hit U.S. screens after the show was picked up by one of its networks.

Filming of the second series of the BBC One programme is under way after the first series won an audience of 5.9million.

The Paradise in the set at Lambton Castle.

The Paradise in the set at Lambton Castle.

It has been announced American channel PBS will show the drama later this year alongside a host of other British productions including Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays and Foyle’s War.

The Paradise is shot on the Lambton Estate, near Bournmoor, with a set built on to a section of Lambton Castle to create a street scene from the 1870s.

It then leads into the department store which is the focus of its storylines, with Biddick Hall on the estate also used to shoot scenes.

The series is adapted by Lark Rise to Candleford writer Bill Gallagher from an Emile Zola novel and follows the early days of the business as it brings glamour to the shopping streets of a North East town.

The second series, to be shown later this year, will pick up the story of shop worker Denise Lovett and the love triangle between her, The Paradise’s owner John Moray and landowner’s daughter Katherine Glendenning.

It stars Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Elaine Cassidy along with Sarah Lancashire, David Hatman, Matthew McNulty and Patrick Malahide.

Mr Gallagher said: “I’m very grateful that there’s such a strong audience for The Paradise, and for the terrific support the BBC has given to the show to make that possible.

“It’s such a great ensemble of actors and such a rich group of characters that it’s an exciting prospect to have eight more episodes to make.”