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Oh dear...

Somebody save me. I've started to watch The Paradise. And enjoying it, quite unfathomably. There's been two episodes so far, and nobody has hit anybody else, there's been no swords, no dashing about on horseback, no car chases (sorry - carriage chases), and not so much as a glimpse of a gun or an explosion. There were some fireworks tonight, but that's as close to stuff blowing up as I fear we're likely to get. It's just people selling dresses to rich ladies, and other people plotting about revenge and shopping. Also, Emun Elliott actually smiling, which surely he must know is forbidden? He's supposed to lurk in shadows being intense. This is about as far from my usual viewing as it's possible to get without involving telephone voting or people playing sport.

I cannot understand it. I'm not even sure how I ended up watching it last week, but this week I actually watched it on purpose. It's an utterly ridiculous programme, but a beautifully made one. And everything looks wonderful, and the cast is excellent, but none of that disguises the fact that it's bonkers. Or that it's about shopping. Maybe something will blow up next week, and set my mind at rest? Maybe Emun Elliott and his new evil nemesis will have a duel? Or their alarming facial hair will battle it out, like deer with their antlers? Or what are the chances of pirates? Do nineteenth century department stores often have piracy issues? I don't think it's by the sea, but it's a bit hard to tell, since half the cast is Scottish and trying to pretend that they're not, and everybody else is a bit hard to pin down.

This week a radical feminist lesbian turned up, and although her theories on women in the workplace caused a mild stir, nobody even blinked at the revelation that she was gay. Emun Elliott knew already, and seemed to think it was rather splendid, and when she tried to seduce his girlfriend nobody else seemed to consider it unusual. Hurrah for the eighteen sixties. Maybe we should all be living there. Except for the lack of explosions. Really, you'd think something in a gigantic department store could be mildly explosive. A gas lamp maybe? I shall be spending the rest of the series hoping for fisticuffs. Don't let me down, BBC.

On a side note, Emun Elliott is looking more and more like a good choice for a future Doctor (so long as the facial hair gets culled). He'll have to keep the pocket watch and waistcoat, and then I think we'll have him for #14. #13 is going to be Paterson Joseph of course. Yes it is, damn it. Shut up.


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Oct. 28th, 2013 07:19 am (UTC)
Did you watch last season?

I love the dresses, and so want to live in that era.

Not liking Tom Weston; he is a disgrace to his surname.
Oct. 28th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't seen season one. For some reason the show had completely passed me by, and I had no idea it existed. Odd, since I've been keeping an eye out for Emun Elliott since he impressed me so much in "Paradox".

Weston's an oily creep. Hoping for some rather more metaphorical fireworks in future thanks to him.
Oct. 28th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
Season 1 was on mid-week. Wednesday I think.
Oct. 28th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
I've got really bad at keeping up with what's on TV. I must remember to look more often!
Oct. 28th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
I watched it and found it not as half as entertaining as, the admittedly stupid, Mr Selfridge. Was his female friend French? They had a French lady turn up in Mr Selfridge, it seems France was very forward thinking and people were, "Yeah, that's what the French are like. Have we got enough gloves in accessories?"
Oct. 28th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
She was French, now you come to mention it! Although I'm not so sure that her accent was. ;)
Oct. 29th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Aha, ze French they can do anything! I shall have to keep my eye on female French characters in other costume dramas and see if they are all radical feminists.
Oct. 28th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
My mother was watching it in my flat while i made the tea. I was like this


when a lesbian feminist turned up and nobody blinked an eye!!

I watched the end bit and in the shop were candles alight and right by them a paper fan and I actually exclaimed that it will go up any minute!!
Oct. 29th, 2013 09:37 am (UTC)
I kept expecting somebody to at least be startled. The evil bloke maybe. But no. Apparently feminist lesbians were all the rage in Victorian England! The things they fail to tell us in history lessons...
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