Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge (UK Edition)
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Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, Harry Selfridge created a theater of retail for early 1900s Londoners where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining – or sometimes just eccentric – was showcased. Based on the book “Shopping, Seduction and Mr. Selfridge” by author Lindy Woodhead.
The eight-part miniseries also stars Frances O’Connor (“Madame Bovary”), Aisling Loftus (“Page Eight”), Zoe Tapper (“Zen”), Amanda Abbington (“Case Histories”), and Samuel West (“Any Human Heart”).
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am really loving this series. It is especially fascinating as it is based on a real person and his brilliant new ideas on shopping. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Susan Hill
I liked the main character (Mr. Selfridge), but there was too much "catty" behavior by the other actors. Did not care for it.Published 11 hours ago by Eileen Kelley
Cannot wait to see Season 3 begin. This is a very good series.Published 13 hours ago by Mary Strauser
Quality! Great actors! Awesome sets! Great costumes! Good story linesPublished 14 hours ago by Bruce Nygren
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Yes, this UK DVD will play on U.S.players because it has been converted to NTSC Region 1. If you bought it in the U.K.it would not play because that is PAL Region 2. One way around all this is to purchase a player that plays all regions or formats. Those players are standard in the U.K.but not... Read More
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