Mr Selfridge

Series 1 - Episode 4

Mr Selfridge
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

One of Mr Selfridge’s big problems, apart from Jeremy Piven’s windmilling arms (handcuff him someone) is the dreary subplot about shopgirl Agnes and her drunk dad.

It’s boring and, worse, whenever we leave the shop to go home with her, Mr Selfridge’s racing pulse slows to a dead stop. Who wants to see Agnes’s dingy flat when we can gaze upon lovely hats in the fashion department.

There’s a lot of excitement on the shop floor when Harry Selfridge hits on a publicity stunt involving Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Her visit causes a stir when cocaine-fuelled songbird Miss Love feels neglected. She’s not the only one. Mrs Selfridge is so lonely she goes to the Chelsea Arts club with her hunky boyfriend to sneer at the Pre-Raphaelites.

About this programme

4/10. Harry scores something of a coup when prima ballerina Anna Pavlova agrees to pay Selfridges a visit. However, Agnes's job looks to be under threat when a violent Reg reaches breaking point and gatecrashes the event - and things only get worse when Ellen invites herself along. Meanwhile, one of the department store's most loyal employees is caught stealing, a formidable new head of fashion arrives and Rose reveals her true identity to Roddy.

Cast and crew


Harry Selfridge
Jeremy Piven
Rose Selfridge
Frances O'Connor
Lady Mae
Katherine Kelly
Ellen Love
Zoe Tapper
Anna Pavlova
Natalia Kremen
Miss Bunting
Pippa Haywood
Frank Edwards
Samuel West
Henri Leclair
Gregory Fitoussi
Miss Ravillous
Anna Madeley
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
Amy Beth Hayes
Lauren Crace
Christian Patterson
Alexander Cobb
Tony Travers
Will Payne
Malcolm Rennie
Rosalie Selfridge
Poppy Lee Friar
Violette Selfridge
Freya Wilson
Gordon Selfridge
Adam Wilson
Beatrice Selfridge
Raffey Cassidy
Miss Blenkinsop
Deborah Cornelius
Madlena Nedeva
Mr Perez
Timothy Watson
Cora Braddington
Pandora Colin
Mr Van der Mark
Giles Taylor


John Strickland
Executive Producer
Kate Lewis
Executive Producer
Andrew Davies
Executive Producer
Rebecca Eaton
Chrissy Skinns
Jeremy Piven
Carmel Maloney
Kate O'Riordan