I recently found myself in a Downton Abbey slump, and was thrilled to see that my DVR caught the first episode of Mr. Selfridge on PBS! I’d heard that it would be back from a second season – but didn’t know when it was starting.
Are you watching the drama and glamour unfold at Selfridge’s department store in early 1900s London? If not, you’re really missing out! The costumes, the store, the activities — it all hearkens back to what I imagine Neiman Marcus was in the beginning (and, what the original downtown Neimans still strives to convey today).
Here’s Masterpiece’s description:
At the unfashionable end of Oxford Street in 1909 London, an American retail tycoon arrives to jettison fusty British tradition and open one of the finest department stores the world has ever seen: Selfridges. Three-time Emmy® winner Jeremy Piven … stars as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the flamboyant entrepreneur and showman seeking to provide London’s shoppers with the ultimate merchandise and the ultimate thrill.
Emmy® Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House) conjures the opulence and excitement of Selfridges and the story of its founder, a man of exuberant, outsized, and potentially dangerous, appetite. Behind Selfridges’ lavish shop windows, gleaming counters, and majestic doors, appetite intersects with ambition and desire not just for Harry, but for his staff, his family, and the various women drawn to the store and the man. Zoe Tapper (Stage Beauty) is showgirl and temptress Ellen Love; Frances O’Connor (Madame Bovary) as is Harry’s loyal wife, Rose; Grégory Fitoussi (Spiral) is the mercurial window designer extraordinaire, Henri Leclair; and Aisling Loftus (Case Histories) is the spunky shop girl Agnes Towler. Mr. Selfridge airs Sundays, March 31 through May 19, 2013 at 9pm ET (check local listings) on PBS’ MASTERPIECE Classic.
Here’s additional info on Mr. Selfridge – I highly recommend adding it to your watch list!