BBC One is moving ahead with The Ladies’ Paradise, an eight-episode series loosely based on Emile Zola’s novel Au Bonheur Des Dames. Set in England’s first department store, the series tells the rags-to-riches story of Denise Lovett (Joanna Vanderham, Above Suspicion), a young girl who works in the store and gets caught up in the charms of the modern world. Denise is a 19th-century Working Girl – big-hearted, smarter than she’s taken to be and more ambitious than those pretty eyes suggest. BBC One put the series on the fast track a year ago with the hire of Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise) to write it. Marc Jobst is set to direct. Vanderham is with WME.
BBC Greenlights 'Ladies' Paradise' Series Based On Emile Zola Novel
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