An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.
Re-united after 50+ years apart, Celia and Alan decide to marry. At age 16, Alan's late wife failed to pass on his letter with apology for missing first date and forwarding address. Both now have daughters with lover troubles.
When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been "turned".
This new Masterpiece Theatre effort is based on Emile Zola's novel, Au Bonheur des Dames, the literal translation of which is The Happiness of Ladies.
Apart from the usual hatchet jobs ... oh, pardon me, I mean the "necessary changes," of course ... that people in the film and TV industry believe it is their god-given right to make to the original works on which they base their productions, it's a typical MT period piece, with most of the original dark, unpleasant rough edges suitably smoothed out for the easier consumption of TV audiences. Perhaps not entirely a bad thing if you're looking for light entertainment, since Zola's works can get to be too depressing for words. I say this with due apologies to those here who are hopelessly devoted to the "social indictment/kitchen-sink drama" variety of literature.
Anyway, The Paradise is not bad for a bit of Sunday evening entertainment. Of course, if you consider yourself to be above that sort of thing, you can always pick the book up the book, instead.
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