I must admit I succumbed to BBC's The Paradise
, adapted from Émile Zola's Au Bonheur des Dames
(The Ladies' Paradise), a department store saga originally set in Paris. The show was full of flaws and irritating characters, presented a far too cheerful picture of working-class drudges forced to work a 12-hour day, had as its backdrop a street that always looked like a BBC set and reached an unbelievable denouement; but I was hooked by the subtle acting of Joanna Vanderham as Denise
. I haven't seen such an enchanting performance since Claire Foy played Little Dorrit
four years ago (CLICK
). Why any woman should fall for unshaven, womanising, misogynist scruff Moray is beyond me. He does his best to fleece women of their husbands' wealth, is intent upon marrying into a rich family and has fathered and disowned a child by one of his shopgirls! If Denise wants him, she's welcome to him, but I expected more sense from her (CLICK
). Series 2 in the offing?