Loosely based on Émile Zola’s 1883 novel The Ladies’ Paradise, the series, which began last week, follows ambitious Denise Lovett (Joanna Vanderham) as she joins the staff of the first department store in a thriving North East city, and falls for its charming, reckless owner John Moray (Emun Elliot).The store, which is slowly throttling the city’s artisans, is an intoxicating maze of fabrics, feathers, gleaming trinkets and sparkling crystalware. “This is the ‘before’,” laughs producer Simon Lewis.
Grimacing, Lewis shows me the store’s magnificent staircase, which sweeps up past cabinets of gold clocks, a huge stuffed peacock and a 15ft stained-glass window.
“Just after we finished dressing it, the flat roof filled with rainwater and burst.
Graduates from the Royal Academy of Music and Manchester School of Theatre have taken home the top awards at this year's Spotlight Prize.
Cecily Redman, from London's Royal Academy of Music, was named best stage actor, with Yasmin Mwanza from Manchester School of Theatre winning the screen acting prize.
But the show's return also features some new faces. “The start of this series is explosive in every way – starting several months after series one.
Deering returns to work and there’s a sense she might be a liability by the new powers that be.
It’s set to be an explosive second series, what with Deering being thrust head to head against a ferocious and unpredictable matriarch and her volatile son Manni, both part of one of Manchester’s most feared crime families.
Apart from Joanna Scanlan, other regulars back in action are Elaine Cassidy as DC Dinah Kowalska and Alexandra Roach as DS Joy Freers.
“We visited houses all over the country before we found Lambton Castle.
It had the beautiful front rooms we needed but it was in a terrible state.” It took a team of 36 construction workers four months to renovate part of the 19th-century, Grade II listed building, with more than a few setbacks.
, premiered in 2002, it was met with mixed reactions and a fair amount of controversy.