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Review: 'The Paradise' on PBS a soapy take on retail store's rise
Review: 'The Paradise' on PBS a soapy take on retail store's rise

A pleasingly soapy story of beating hearts and changing times, "The Paradise," which begins Sunday on PBS, takes the 1883 Émile Zola department-store novel "Au Bonheur des Dames" (The Ladies' Paradise) and transfers the action from Paris to the north of England. As a sort of upstairs-downstairs period piece set in the world of retail, it's a cousin to another recent "Masterpiece" presentation, "Mr. Selfridge," about the real-world British emporium, minus the P.T. Barnum antics and baggage of historical facts. Emun Elliott plays John Moray, a self-made man of the future who has turned an old block of Victorian shops into a single...

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