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3rd July 2002
Paradise city or paradise lost?
The Eustace brothers played by Neil Morrisey, Charlie Dale and Ralf Little.

The Eustace brother played by Neil Morrisey, Charlie Dale and Ralf Little.

Set in Nottingham, 'Paradise Heights' has started it's run on BBC One, but how did it make our city look?

The programme set itself up nicely, and it looks like it will hold people's interest to the last episode, but what kind of picture does it paint of Nottingham?

The drama follows the relationship between three brothers played by Charles Dale, Neil Morrisey and Ralf Little.

The eldest brother Clive (Dale) is trying to expand the family business, but in the process manages to step on the toes of the local big-shot Jack Edwards.

But why was Nottingham chosen as Paradise Heights' location?

Neil Morrisey
Neil Morrisey with the River Trent in the background.

Ashley Pharoah, the programme's writer says;

"We chose Nottingham because we wanted somewhere that had a post-industrial culture where people were having to reinvent themselves.

Nottingham was perfect, it’s a fascinating city with a long history and the people there have a lot of pride in their city. Also, part of what the brothers do is haulage so it made sense to put them in the Midlands."

Speaking on Radio Nottingham Ralf Little was asked what the programme says about Nottingham, jokingly Ralf replied, "That it's full of gangsters and dodgy deals."

Is what Ralf says true? What will people think about Nottingham after seeing Paradise Heights? Is it favourable or does it paint the city in a grimey and depressing light? What do you think?

Read our interview with Ralf Little.


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