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Mr Selfridge

  • Episode: 

    2 of 10

  • Title: 

    Series 3
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 01 Feb 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 06 2015 : Sat 31 Jan - Fri 06 Feb
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode 2
 
Selfridge’s is hosting the biggest, most exclusive fashion event since the war. MADAME LANVIN is showcasing her new collection at the store, and if all goes well, HARRY could secure an exclusive contract with her.
 
Meanwhile, HARRY visits NANCY WEBB. He tells her that this project reminds him of one his beloved late wife ROSE once did, and that he’s going to bid for the field. NANCY is thrilled. HARRY instructs MR CRABB to convene a Selfridge’s Board meeting as soon as possible. If he’s to pursue this charitable housing project, he’ll need an interest free loan from the store. But CRABB is privately concerned that a charitable housing project may be a step too far…
 
MADAME LANVIN’S Creative Director, MONSIEUR LONGCHAMP, inspects MR THACKERAY’S fashion displays and is less than impressed. HENRI and AGNES are drafted back early from honeymoon to help, bringing an inevitable clash between THACKERAY and HENRI. When HARRY weighs in, THACKERAY loses control and lambasts HARRY for being distracted and taking his eye off the ball since Mrs Selfridge died. HARRY fires THACKERAY - leaving HENRI and AGNES to pick up the pieces.
 
The rowdy EX-SERVICEMEN who’ve been hanging around outside the store turn up at VICTOR’S club, flogging cut-price cigarettes. VICTOR and GEORGE know them; they were in the same wartime regiment. GEORGE reminds VICTOR that one of them, CHARLIE COPPERSTONE, has always been bad news. VICTOR drives a hard bargain, getting a good deal on the cigarettes – which isn’t unnoticed by INSPECTOR PURKISS.
 
At the Selfridge house, LOIS discovers that PRINCESS MARIE has been lying about her apartment, charging her massive hotel bill to HARRY. PRINCESS MARIE puts another spanner in the works by suggesting that ROSE’S old painting studio be used as an office for SERGE, leaving VIOLETTE horrified. VIOLETTE is feeling suffocated at home, and pleads with HARRY to give her a job at the store – which he refuses. But when VIOLETTE overhears AGNES and HENRI struggling to be ready in time for the Lanvin event, she offers to help out. She has a show-stopping idea that might just impress!
 
SERGE gives HARRY one last chance to invest in his aviation project, which HARRY declines. When SERGE reveals that LOXLEY is his new investor, HARRY stridently warns SERGE off – but SERGE is stubborn and won’t listen. HARRY is left furious and troubled; he knows LOXLEY can only be bad news.
 
At the Board meeting, HARRY expects his housing project plans to be rubberstamped - but CRABB makes a surprising intervention. Undeterred, HARRY vows to NANCY that he’ll raise the money, come what may, and announces the project to his family as a lasting legacy to their beloved ROSE.
 
HENRI continues to struggle with his return to normal life after the War, the shadow of which is still cast over MISS MARDLE. After FLORIAN’S death at the end of the conflict, MISS MARDLE feels a changed woman. Kindling a new friendship with MR GROVE’S wife and her former Accessories assistant DORIS, MISS MARDLE makes a decision not to return to the store. She can’t go backwards – not to Accessories. But when MR GROVE begs her to return as Head of Fashion after THACKERAY’S departure, a gracious MISS MARDLE accepts. A return to the store she knows and loves - but in a new role - could be exactly what she needs. 
 
Series overview
 
Following the ratings success with British, US and international audiences, ten new episodes of ITV Studios’ lavish period drama Mr Selfridge, starring Emmy award-winning American actor, Jeremy Piven, have been produced by ITV Studios for ITV.
 
The drama is inspired by the life of charismatic American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, whose business in London’s Oxford Street has become a much-loved institution. 
 
This new series is the third instalment in the fascinating rise and fall of this colourful but troubled man and picks up in 1919 just after the end of World War I.