Masterpiece: Mr Selfridge Original UK Edition 2 Seasons 2013

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1. Episode One (Original UK Edition) TV-14 CC

Upstart American Harry Selfridge moves heaven and earth to build his visionary department store in London. But opening day is just the start of his retail revolution.

Jeremy Piven, Ron Cook
1 hour, 6 minutes
Original air date:
March 31, 2013

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Jon Jones
Starring Jeremy Piven, Ron Cook
Supporting actors Deborah Cornelius, Tom Goodman-Hill, Grégory Fitoussi, Amanda Abbington, Lauren Crace, Amy Beth Hayes, Pippa Haywood, Aisling Loftus, Rebecca Tanwen, Shaughan Seymour, Ross Armstrong, Samuel West, Ian Gelder, Zoë Tapper, Kim Barry, Calum Callaghan, Adam Wilson, Malcolm Rennie
Season year 2013
Network PBS
Producers Carmel Maloney, Chrissy Skinns
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I'm really enjoying watching these episodes.
Very interesting how Selfridge's Department Store began in London, England and how Mr. Selfridge's innovative ideas began an entire new way of shopping.
Edward Cross
Cast is great & the costumes & story line are very well done.

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184 of 192 people found the following review helpful By BBBM on April 9, 2013
Well,I happen to like Mr. Selfridge. The acting is stupendous and the characters are exquisitely dressed.
The sets are top notched. To try and compare this drama to Downton Abby is like trying to compare Are you being served? to Mr. Bean.
Both are delightful alone but use completely different type of Britsh humor.
Even-though the time-frame of Mr.Selfridge and Downton overlap,their stories are completely different.
One can enjoy both,differently.
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104 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Martha Caflisch on March 23, 2013
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I stumbled across this series by accident one Sunday night on ITV and became fascinated. As the reviewers above have discussed in detail there is some unevenness in the story and character development and to be expected the acting and it's hard to know why but despite these flaws - or maybe because of them - since the series is based on a real character and events which are by definition flawed - you are captivated and just want to see and learn more about Mr. Selfridge and his time in London. I became fascinated by his story through this series and desperately wanted to learn more about him. I've now ordered the book the series is based on as well as the book Mr. Selfridge wrote himself in the '30s - "The Romance of Capitalism". I learnt that many things we consider 'normal' in retail today were introduced by Mr. Selfridge - "There are only 'x' more shopping Days 'till Christmas"; the customer is always right; special events to get people into a store; getting shoppers into a store without any specific purpose - just to 'window-shop' and keep them in there longer than needed to buy the item they came in for by having a store restaurant (The Palm Room) a reading room, relaxing room etc. - were all innovations put into practice by Mr. Selfridge and are woven into the series. It's a fascinating story and the series does a good job getting this larger than life person and personality onto a tiny screen. Thanks for a good job done - I can't wait for Season 2!
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The new British soap opera "Mr. Selfridge" has a certain frothy charm that will likely appeal to many viewers looking for something a bit more lighthearted from the Masterpiece Classic mantle. Ironically (or strangely) enough, "Mr. Selfridge" is the second series set in the world of retail to arrive on British airwaves this season following the popular "The Paradise." The show, which runs for 10 episodes (not 8 as are currently listed in the product description), is centered around the formation of Selfridge's Department Store in London after the turn of the century. Although the idea of the show is based in fact, I'm not entirely sure I would even call this a historical drama. It adheres more to the lines of a classic soap opera, with an ensemble of characters engaging in the expected romantic subplots and looking resplendent in period finery. The hat budget alone must surely be frightening (as are some of Mrs. Selfridge's hats)! It never digs particularly deep into complex characterizations, but it breezes along at a nice clip making for a likable enough concoction. Along the way, we see the birth of retail and a romanticized way of life from an era gone by.

Jeremy Piven plays the titular character, a flamboyant American with dreams of retail grandeur. It's a showy lead and often over-the-top, but it's one that fits comfortably into Piven's wheelhouse. Piven's most notorious role, of course, is that of unscrupulous Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage" where his over-sized performance was hysterically unrepentant. As Selfridge, he displays some of this same manic energy if not the profane hilarity. He isn't a saint, though, as he has an eye for the ladies despite being married. But I think that the audience is meant to find his antics more humorous than hurtful.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Carol Golembiewski on March 11, 2013
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While I know the first season of Mr. Selfridge has yet to be released, I actually had the opportunity to view it on-line from the UK. If the next season(s) progresses in the manner this season did, I believe it's a hit. I read "Shopping, Seduction and Mr. Selfridge" a while back before viewing the show. This production obviously takes dramatic license in many regards, but that can be forgiven as long as one realizes that some of the events few might be based on real events, others are added or are the result of some rumors and speculations.

I believe Jeremy Piven shares only a few physical characteristics (stature, build, energy and moustache) of the real Selfridge, but he managed to be very believable in the role. The character is played with both sensitivity and sometimes flare. He has a ridge facade up when he's being watched, but when the only eye on him is the camera, we're able to see another side of pain and self-doubt to the infamous Harry Selfridge. Piven and the writers were able to make Harry Selfridge both seriously flawed and noble at the same time. You can be angry with him and love him simultaneously. No small feat. It was refreshing to see Piven in a role that had such a completely different vibe than the renown Ari Gold character from Entourage. He obviously is able to calibrate his performance to the script; this series pretty much proves that.

The ensemble of characters works very well, and the numerous story arcs keep one's interest. The character of Agnes Towler (Aisling Loftus)is a delight to watch as the character starts to blossom under the store and window lights of the store. While a supporting character, Ron Cook (Mr. Crabb) manages to be often pulls off the nonplussed and bewildered, yet always competent accountant in an endearing manner.
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