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Series 1-Episode 8

Series 1-Episode 8

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One of the many accidental joys of Mr Selfridge is its Wikipedia-style fact-dump introductions of historical celebrities. Tonight FW Woolworth drops in on his old friend Harry Selfridge in London, prompting the Selfridge family butler to drop “Mr Woolworth is an American gentleman, I believe?” into a conversation with his boss.

FW (Michael Brandon) wants to open a shop on Oxford Street, which unnerves Mr S (Jeremy Piven), who decides to take on the Woolworth “pile ’em high, sell ’em cheap” ethos with a mid-season Selfridge’s sale.

The staff are very excited, though some are busy pursuing romantic liaisons, like Agnes and the hot French window dresser who has undressing on his mind: “You want this? You sure?” he asks after putting out his fag.

Summary

Old family friends Frank and Jennie Woolworth arrive in London and Harry is immediately suspicious he might have some competition on his hands. Determined to seize the advantage, he plans a mid-season sale - but there's little chance he can match his rivals' low prices. Meanwhile, life turns awkward for Rose when she runs into Roddy at Lady Mae's soiree, Agnes and Henri's working relationship steps up a gear, and Mr Grove's behaviour continues to confuse Miss Mardle.

Cast & Crew

Harry Selfridge Jeremy Piven
Rose Selfridge Frances O'Connor
Lady Mae Katherine Kelly
Frank Woolworth Michael Brandon
Jennie Woolworth Lisa Eichhorn
Ellen Love Zoe Tapper
Roddy Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Henri Leclair Gregory Fitoussi
Agnes Aisling Loftus
Mr Grove Tom Goodman-Hill
Miss Mardle Amanda Abbington
Mr Crabb Ron Cook
Mrs Crabb Wendy Nottingham
Lois Selfridge Kika Markham
Victor Trystan Gravelle
Kitty Amy Beth Hayes
Doris Lauren Crace
Fraser Malcolm Rennie
Rosalie Selfridge Poppy Lee Friar
Violette Selfridge Freya Wilson
Gordon Selfridge Adam Wilson
Beatrice Selfridge Raffey Cassidy
Miss Blenkinsop Deborah Cornelius
Miss Ravillous Anna Madeley
Mr Perez Timothy Watson
Tony Travers Will Payne
Richard Brackenbury Luke Newton
Robin Brackenbury Tom Russell
Miss Bunting Pippa Haywood
Director Michael Keillor
Executive Producer Kate Lewis
Executive Producer Andrew Davies
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Chrissy Skinns
Producer Jeremy Piven
Producer Carmel Maloney
Writer Kate Brooke
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