Irish actress Elaine Cassidy is to star in The Paradise, a new BBC One adaptation of the Emile Zola classic French novel The Ladies’ Paradise.
The eight-part series will also star Sarah Lancashire (Five Daughters), David Hayman (Trial And Retribution), Matthew McNulty (Misfits), Joanna Vanderham (The Runaway) and Emun Elliott (Lip Service, Game Of Thrones) and will be set in England.
Cassidy will play Katherine, a banker’s daughter, in the series which will tell the story of a love affair, set against the backdrop of the opening of the first department store.
The series is written and created by Bill Gallagher and will be produced by BBC Drama Productions. Executive producer for the BBC is Susan Hogg. Filming on the eight-part series, which the BBC says will feature “an addictive mix of love and gossip”, begins outside Durham in June.
The eight hour-long episodes will be screened on BBC One in 2013.
Info courtesy of RTE, IFTN & Digital Spy