The Ladies Paradise

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2012 on BBC
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Episode 1

In 1875 Denise Lovett, a young and ambitious country girl, arrives in a booming Northern city to seek employment in her uncle Edmund's drapery shop. However, he cannot afford to take her on due to the pressing competition from the newly opened first high-class department store right across the street: The Paradise, whose charms have seduced Edmund's customers away. Left only with her wits to live on, Denise gets a job as a salesgirl at The Paradise where she is supervised by the strict Miss Audrey. She soon catches the eye of the widowed owner Moray which infuriates fellow salesgirl Clara and makes Katherine Glendenning, who expects to marry him, watchful of her. Clara's attempt to humiliate Denise fails proving what an excellent saleswoman Denise makes. Moray extends her his personal thanks along with the guarantee of a permanent position. Meanwhile, Moray's assistant Dudley is concerned about buying on credit without the cash to pay their suppliers so Moray persuades Lord Glendenning to invest in the Paradise whilst refusing to marry Glendenning's daughter Katherine.


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