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Series 1-Episode 1

Series 1-Episode 1

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Can the world handle two TV dramas based on the birth of the British department store? BBC1 had The Paradise, where a charismatic, visionary man set up a shop that revolutionised retail, while Mr Selfridge has a charismatic, visionary man… oh dear.

There are many entirely coincidental similarities, and not just in the lead male characters. Both have a bright and plucky female shop assistant with ideas and ambition, and both have an icy female ladies’ department boss who rules with a rod of iron.

It makes little difference that Mr Selfridge is based on a real man, Harry Gordon Selfridge, who set up the eponymous shop on Oxford Street. He’s played by American actor Jeremy Piven who makes huge expansive gestures (he opens his arms wide a lot while grinning broadly). But Katherine Kelly adds a touch of class as his financial saviour.

Summary

Andrew Davies' drama based on the life of American retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven (Entourage) and Katherine Kelly (formerly Coronation Street's Becky McDonald). Harry arrives in London in 1908 with a grand plan - to open the biggest and finest department store in the world, and to do it within the year. With a frosty reception from the British press, the last-minute departure of a business partner and an ever-growing staff already on the payroll, not to mention his wife and family arriving from the US, the pressure is on for Harry to complete the project on time. As opening day approaches, he pulls out all the stops to achieve his dream - whatever the cost. With Frances O'Connor, Trystan Gravelle, Aisling Loftus and Tom Goodman-Hill.

Cast & Crew

Harry Selfridge Jeremy Piven
Rose Selfridge Frances O'Connor
Lady Mae Katherine Kelly
Ellen Love Zoe Tapper
Henri Leclair Gregory Fitoussi
Agnes Aisling Loftus
Victor Trystan Gravelle
Mr Grove Tom Goodman-Hill
Miss Mardle Amanda Abbington
Mr Crabb Ron Cook
Frank Edwards Samuel West
Lois Selfridge Kika Markham
Miss Bunting Pippa Haywood
Kitty Amy Beth Hayes
Doris Lauren Crace
Musker Tim Woodward
George Towler Calum Callaghan
Miss Blenkinsop Deborah Cornelius
Mr Perez Timothy Watson
Tony Travers Will Payne
Waring Ian Gelder
Fraser Malcolm Rennie
Rosalie Selfridge Poppy Lee Friar
Violette Selfridge Freya Wilson
Gordon Selfridge Adam Wilson
Beatrice Selfridge Raffey Cassidy
Mildred Rebecca Tanwen
Arliss Ross Armstrong
Mrs Payne Kim Barry
Mabel Sophie May Wake
Nancy Nicola Millbank
Floorwalker Shaughan Seymour
Director Jon Jones
Executive Producer Kate Lewis
Executive Producer Andrew Davies
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Chrissy Skinns
Producer Jeremy Piven
Producer Carmel Maloney
Writer Andrew Davies
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