10 episodes

Harry Gordon Selfridge was an interestingly manic sort of man. A natural salesman from the word go, the Chicago native spent time working at Marshall Field’s before heading to London to change the way Britain’s elite did their shopping. But it was no easy road to tow: Selfridge hit many a road bump — exacerbated by his intensity and drive towards a vision of commerce, revolutionized. But with a slew of shading dealings, a little bit of elbow grease, and a gaggle of the town’s best shopgirls, Selfridge’s came to be, and did so quite successfully. It’s truly impressive that the department store stayed open at all, let alone actually follow through on Selfridge’s plan to change the way people shop.

Original Title: Mr. Selfridge
Country, Channel: UK, ITV
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Genres: Drama
Creator: Andrew Davies
Cast: Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge, Frances O’Connor as Rose Selfridge, Aisling Loftus as Agnes Towler, Tom Goodman-Hill as Mr Roger Grove, Amanda Abbington as Miss Mardle, Lee Moulds as Sales Assistant, Ron Cook as Mr.Crabb, Malcolm Rennie as Fraser, Katherine Kelly as Lady Mae Loxley

Runtime: 60 min
Language: English

 

10 episodes

The drama is set in London in 1909, at a time when women were revelling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry Gordon Selfridge wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his lavish department store, on London’s famous Oxford Street. Through the innovations and spectacular events Harry staged within the store, the stories will shine a light on hidden moments of the history of women, be it fashion, cosmetics, technology or domestic affairs. Harry’s colourful life will play out against the rich tapestry of London at the turn of the century. In his leisure hours he was a gambler, and although happily married, he enjoyed the company of glamorous show girls and film stars. His womanising was legendary and he very much lived life in the fast lane.

Original Title: Mr. Selfridge
Country, Channel: UK, ITV
Release Date: January 6, 2013
Genres: Drama
Creator: Andrew Davies
Cast: Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge, Frances O’Connor as Rose Selfridge, Aisling Loftus as Agnes Towler, Zoe Tapper as Ellen Love, Tom Goodman-Hill as Mr Roger Grove, Amanda Abbington as Miss Mardle, Kika Markham as Lois Selfridge, Katherine Kelly as Lady Mae Loxley

Runtime: 60 min
Language: English

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