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...a pleasing display window onto another aspect of Edwardian England. --The New York Daily News
...lovely... --The New York Daily News
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Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) is more self-aware, less ebullient, and more contemplative regarding his past actions. He wants to put his marriage and family first - will he be able to? Rose Selfridge (Frances O'Connor) attracts him with her Edwardian sensuousness which makes you wonder why Harry would ever stray. Of course, Lady Mae Oxley (Katherine Kelly) fairly smolders and ignites every scene in which she is in. Agnes (Aisling Loftus) has a luminosity which blends with Henri's (Gregory Fitoussi) French chivalry and charm when they work on store designs together. Victor (Trystan Gravelle), the waiter, is an enigma - is he going to win over Agnes? The faces of all of the characters just suit them - marvelous bit of casting.
The fashions have changed, featuring new hairstyles and clothes in the second decade of the 20th century . There is a deepening of the characters as more of their backstory is revealed. You see why they are the way they are.
The script, by Andrew Davies (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE 1995, MIDDLEMARCH) sparkles and is based upon the biography SHOPPING, SEDUCTION & MR. SELFRIDGE. If you liked Season 1 of this show, you should appreciate this season. It has the same light insouciance, but with some deeper backstory. The fashions rule along with the story and characters, providing one more reason to watch. For SELFRIDGE fans, it was announced in February 2014 that Season 3 has been contracted for airing 2015.
I wish there were more than two seasons. The storylines will run you through faceted emotions from happiness and joy to concern and grief...., and occasionally a feeling of conflicting emotions as you become more attached to the wonderful cast of characters.
The acting is top-notch, and there are multiple storylines that each hold their own. As your viewing experience gets closer the end of the last season, you will begin to wish that there were a 3rd, 4th, and 5th season.
In the end, I believe that 2 full seasons was enough to complete multiple story arcs without feeling rushed or abruptly ending without a sense of closure. I will now continue to browse through the PBS series in hopes of finding another gem..., but Mr Selfridge will be extremely hard to top. A true joy..., watching this free Prime series is a must.
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Love watching and learning about that time period. I also love the fact that it is clean to watch, even when affairs are going on. A very classy series with a lot of heart. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Darlene H.
Good story. Love the music and period. Enjoy the characters and the dynamics that occur as you follow the story.Published 2 days ago by AnnMarie