Mr Selfridge

Series 1 - Episode 2

Mr Selfridge
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Now that the genteel Paradise has temporarily closed its doors over on BBC1, you’d think a glamorous period drama about Oxford Street’s famous department store would be just the sort of retail therapy we need. Yet, despite the sumptuous settings and glorious costumes, perhaps this is too similar to The Paradise to be a truly satisfying replacement. Or maybe we just need time to get used to its comparative brashness.

In the second episode the store is struggling to attract customers, so the ever-exuberant Harry Gordon Selfridge (does he ever do anything quietly?) comes up with a spectacular idea to pull them in. Unfortunately his, shall we say, zest for life results in him being caught in a compromising situation with Ellen and leads to an uncharacteristic moment of self-doubt.

About this programme

2/10. The store has been open for a few months, the displays are dazzling and the staff are as eager as they were on opening day - but customers are few and far between. In an attempt to attract business, Harry arranges a meeting with French aviator Louis Bleriot - the first man to fly across the English Channel - hoping to exhibit his plane inside Selfridges. The event is a huge success, drawing in crowds of shoppers, but the retail magnate's sense of victory is short-lived. First, Lady Mae turns up to remind him how much he is in her debt. Then, he's caught in a compromising situation in Ellen's dressing room. Drama, starring Jeremy Piven, Katherine Kelly and Zoe Tapper.

Cast and crew


Harry Selfridge
Jeremy Piven
Rose Selfridge
Frances O'Connor
Lady Mae
Katherine Kelly
Ellen Love
Zoe Tapper
Frank Edwards
Samuel West
Orlando Seale
Henri Leclair
Gregory Fitoussi
Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Aisling Loftus
Reg Towler
Nick Moran
George Towler
Calum Callaghan
Mr Grove
Tom Goodman-Hill
Miss Mardle
Amanda Abbington
Mr Crabb
Ron Cook
Lois Selfridge
Kika Markham
Trystan Gravelle
Mrs Worthington
Angeline Ball
Amy Beth Hayes
Lauren Crace
Christian Patterson
Alexander Cobb
Miss Blenkinsop
Deborah Cornelius
Miss Bunting
Pippa Haywood
Tony Travers
Will Payne
Malcolm Rennie
Rosalie Selfridge
Poppy Lee Friar
Violette Selfridge
Freya Wilson
Gordon Selfridge
Adam Wilson
Beatrice Selfridge
Raffey Cassidy
Mr Perez
Timothy Watson
Sophie May Wake
Nicola Millbank


Jon Jones
Executive Producer
Kate Lewis
Executive Producer
Andrew Davies
Executive Producer
Rebecca Eaton
Chrissy Skinns
Jeremy Piven
Carmel Maloney
Andrew Davies