|Emun Elliot as John Moray in The Paradise|
|Emun Elliot and Sarah Lancashire in a scene from The Paradise|
And it was only whilst I was watching The Paradise that I realised I had actually watched quite a few costume dramas in the past - anyone remember The Duchess of Duke Street? Or that other one where they did dressmaking... what the hell was it called again...? *Nips off to Google* House of Elliot! That's the one! I loved those. Watched them both, and thoroughly enjoyed them. So when I casually wondered out loud to myself "When did I stop watching costume dramas?", my husband graciously replied, "When you met me." So, it's his fault, then.
Anyway, The Paradise done and dusted, I decided to turn my attention to ITV1's offering - coincidentally, also involving a department store - Mr. Selfridge, the story of the man behind the store in London's West End. Now, there seems to be a pattern emerging here - if it's to do with shops, I appear to be quite keen to watch it - so I couldn't help but compare the two programmes, probably because of the shop-theme connection. And then I realised, you couldn't really compare the two at all. They're too different.
Now, I'm not saying I'm enjoying Mr. Selfridge any less - I'm not, not really - but it does have a very different feel to it. Whereas The Paradise was almost gentle in its pace, and was very much a love story, when all was said and done, Mr. Selfridge is much more in-your-face, so to speak. It's more glamorous, more glitzy - it just has a completely different feel, but that's not a bad thing. I'm liking it, even though I'm only 3 episodes in but, once again, thanks to SKY+, I can catch up at my leisure.
|Jeremy Piven as Mr. Selfridge|
And I have to mention the fabulous Katherine Kelly, too. She's shown all of us that she's put the character of Becky McDonald (Coronation Street) behind her to play a great part in Mr. Selfridge - Lady Mae Loxley.
So, I appear to have rekindled my love of the costume drama - sort of. You'll still be hard-pushed to find me in front of 'Call the Midwife' or 'Downtown Abbey', but anything to do with shopping? I'm there!
But, in the battle of the department store owners, who wins it for me? You don't really need to ask that, do you? I'm a Moray girl all the way... ;)
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