Masterpiece has signed a co-production deal with BBC World America for two titles. The eight-episode, hourlong Victorian-era series The Paradise finds a young shop girl navigating her way through the power struggles behind the scenes in Britain's first department store. And The Lady Vanishes, a 90-minute film, is an adaptation of the 1930's thriller about a woman aboard a train who unwittingly becomes embroiled in a dangerous plot.
In the Oct. 9 announcement, Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton said the two are "the latest in a long line of beautifully-made, award-winning co-productions. The BBC has been our trusted partner, and fellow public broadcaster, for over 40 years."
For The Paradise, executive producer is Susan Hogg (The Fades, Lark Rise to Candleford, Five Daughters). Diarmuid Lawrence (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Body Farm) is directing The Lady Vanishes; executive producer is Anne Pivcevic (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Great Expectations).