A new co-production deal between BBC Worldwide America and Masterpiece will see two more U.K. titles coming to PBS. The Paradise is a rags-to-riches Victorian Era drama series set in Britain’s first department store. The Lady Vanishes is a 90-minute adaptation of the 1938’s Alfred Hitchcock thriller about a woman who gets caught up in a mysterious and menacing case of a missing person. The arrangement to bring the two shows to American audiences was put together by Jemma Adkins, Senior VP Sales and Co-Productions for BBC Worldwide America. Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer of Masterpiece, presented by WGBH Boston.
The Paradise stars What Maisie Knew’s Joanna Vanderham, Prometheus’ Emun Elliott, Upstairs Downstairs’ Sarah Lancashire and Game of Thrones’ Patrick Malahide. The Paradise is written and created by Bill Gallagher. Simon Lewis is producing with Susan Hogg as executive producer. Gallagher and Hogg worked together on the costume drama series Lark Rise to Candleford. The Lady Vanishes producer Annie Tricklebank also worked on Lark Rise to Candleford. The TV film is directed by Diarmuid Lawrence and written by Fiona Seres. The Lady Vanishes’ executive producer is Anne Pivcevic. The cast includes Upstairs Downstairs’ Keeley Hawes, Spooks’ Gemma Jones and The Hour’s Julian Rhind-Tutt.
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