The Paradise ©

(From BBC via Netflix)

My wife and I are not big TV fans, as I’ve mentioned in this column several times . In fact, we just cut the last vestige of cable that we had installed for my late mother in law because it just wasn’t being used enough to justify its $80/mo cost. But, we do enjoy watching news together during the week, and on weekends I try to find a quality show of some kind that isn’t offensive to the morals of our generation; that is no small task these days!

Recently we came across a BBC series that’s available on Netflix, and probably other outlets as well; it’s called “The Paradise”. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:

The Paradise is a British television costume drama series co-produced by BBC Worldwide America and Masterpiece.[1] The Paradise premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 25 September 2012 and premiered in the United States on PBS on 6 October 2013.[2] The series is an adaptation of Émile Zola‘s novel Au Bonheur des Dames that relocates the story to North East England.[3]

Here’s what I have to say about it. It is a fascinating study of our human shortcomings set in a high end British department store in the late 1800’s. It’s an improbable time and place for such an engaging drama, but engaging it is. In fact, on several occasions my wife and I decided to watch two hour-long episodes back to back because they were so irresistible.

While there is one episode that I wish hadn’t been included, there is no language or anything else that would embarrass you if your grandchildren walked in while you were watching, even in that episode.

Speaking of the language, it’s actually rather uplifting through most of the series, and the drama takes you from intense emotional situations to delightful humor spread throughout the entire series.

The series ran for two seasons with eight episodes each season. Needless to say, they need to be watched from the beginning and in consecutive order which we did to completion. So, did it wind up with a happy ending? I won’t tell you the answer to that question because it would be a spoiler for you if you decide to watch it. But, I will tell you that my wife was rehashing the ending first thing this morning over our morning coffee which is very unusual. For me, once a movie ends I tend to forget about it. That wasn’t the case for this series; it kept us talking about it from beginning to end. If you decide to watch, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

I’d also like to hear feedback about good movies or TV that you’ve enjoyed.

Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!

Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at

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