ITV has ordered a second series of period drama Mr Selfridge, to be shown next year.
The saga of how American businessman Harry Selfridge founded Selfridge’s department store in London is still partway through airing its first series, which has been attracting more than 8 million viewers to ITV on Sunday nights – its peak figure of 9.5 million makes it the channel’s biggest new drama since Scott & Bailey in 2011.
Jeremy Piven and the main cast will return for the second run, which moves the action on to 1914 (series one is set in 1909) to deal with the advent of the First World War. With his now-flourishing business under threat and all his staff touched by the looming war, Harry Selfridge sets about healing rifts between him and his friends and family.
The new ten-part series is set to coincide with the start of centenary commemorations of the conflict, which began in July 1914.
Andrew Davies and the team of writers responsible for series one will return to author the new run.
Steve November, acting director of ITV drama commissioning, said Mr Selfridge was “ITV drama at its best.”