The Paradise – a new eight-part BBC One TV drama will be shot in North East England – after receiving support from Northern Film & Media’s Production Service.
Sarah Lancashire (Lark Rise To Candleford, Five Daughters), David Hayman (Trial And Retribution), Elaine Cassidy (Harper's Island, Fingersmith), Matthew McNulty (The Syndicate, Misfits), Joanna Vanderham (The Runaway, Dancing on the Edge) and Emun Elliott (Lip Service, Game Of Thrones), will star in Bill Gallagher's adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel.
The Paradise is the story of a love affair set against the backdrop of the opening of the first department store told over eight episodes.
The series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller Drama Commissioning and will be shot on location in County Durham by BBC Drama Productions from June.
“The Paradise is the biggest BBC drama to be made in the North East,” said Pat Connor of BBC North.
“BBC North is proud to support this production which underlines our commitment to making the very best programming here in the North for the entire UK.”
“The Paradise is the latest in a string of TV dramas to take advantageof the North East’s fantastic locations and crews and supportive local authorities, said Tom Harvey, Northern Film & Media's chief executive.
"Vera, Inspector George Gently and now The Paradise headline an increasingly impressive slate of dramas that will present the North East to millions of viewers worldwide and we are extremely proud to have played a role in bringing the show to the North East.”