The Paradise to return to BBC1

Posted: 31st October 2012

The NFM supported The Paradise has been re-commissioned for a second series after becoming the UK's most popular new TV drama this autumn.

Sarah Lancashire, David Hayman, Elaine Cassidy, Matthew McNulty, Joanna Vanderham and Emun Elliott will once again star in Bill Gallagher's adaptation of novel by the same name by Emile Zola.

The second series will continue to make the most of the North East’s stunning scenery and will be shot on location in County Durham (Lambton Castle) by BBC Drama Productions.

The Paradise is five episodes into its first eight-part series and has already proved a success with an overnight audience of 5.04m (21.59%). Some episodes have added another million with recorded viewing figures factored in.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen claimed the series has been the biggest new drama on UK television this autumn.

“It has been really interesting to experiment with period drama on BBC1 beyond the traditional Sunday night slot,” he said.

“It’s such a great ensemble of actors and such a rich group of characters that it’s an exciting prospect to have eight more episodes to make,” commented Gallagher.

“The Paradise has entertained viewers across the UK and attracted impressive audience figures. A second series will further the contribution the show makes to the region by providing employment opportunities for local crews and through increased local spend,” added John Tulip, Northern Film & Media’s managing director.

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