The Paradise is axed by BBC

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2014
Ben Daniels as Tom Weston

Ben Daniels

BBC One show 'The Paradise' has been axed by TV bosses after two series to make room for new dramas

'The Paradise' has been axed by BBC bosses.

The department store drama - which was a rival of popular ITV show 'Mr Selfridge' - has been cancelled after two series.

Millions of pounds were spent on the costume drama starred 'Game Of Thrones' actor Emun Elliott as Moray, the owner of a glamorous store, and rising Scottish actress Joanna Vanderham, as a shop assistant and Moray's love interest, Denise.

A BBC spokesman told The Journal: "We are incredibly proud to have made two successful series of period drama The Paradise for BBC One.

"However, in order to make room for new dramas to come through, 'The Paradise' won't be returning."

The show struggled to win over viewers during a battle with 'Mr Selfridge', starring 'Entourage' actor Jeremy Piven as the US entrepreneur who founded the famous London store, despite it being aired four months earlier in September 2012, after producers insisted it had been commissioned first.

Viewing figures were good in the beginning and it launched with around six million for the first series before dipping to just over five million for the second run late last year.

The series was filmed in Lambton Castle in County Durham, which had been converted into a bustling upmarket store, and was the biggest drama ever to be shot in the North East of England.

It also starred Ben Daniels, Sarah Lancashire, Peter Wright, Elaine Cassidy and Matthew McNulty.

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