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Mr Selfridge

  • Episode: 

    9 of 10

  • Title: 

    Series 3
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 22 Mar 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 13 2015 : Sat 21 Mar - Fri 27 Mar
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode 9
 
NANCY has kept her engagement to HARRY a secret from GUS, and doesn’t wear her engagement ring around him – all the while convincing HARRY to keep the engagement under wraps for now. Meanwhile, HARRY remains under pressure to boost shareholder profits, executing the second part of his strategy: an enormous flash sale - the biggest London has ever seen. 
 
When a surprise delivery from the Russian Embassy arrives at the Selfridge house, PRINCESS MARIE is moved and ecstatic to find her precious family jewels secreted away inside. Now a woman of means, MARIE can pay her debts and help finance SERGE’S business plans. They’re finally in charge of their own destiny!
 
The Selfridge’s Sale begins and both HARRY and CRABB are pleased to see hordes of customers on the shop floor. The staff are working flat out! However, the aggressive nature of the Sale gets department store competitors riled up – and a backlash from some quarters who brand the Sale ‘un public-spirited’ and ‘immoral’ as Selfridge’s advertising seemingly encourages people to spend, spend, spend! As things heat up, the store is forced to hire a new Head of Security in the form of GEORGE TOWLER, who makes a welcome return to the store. 
 
GUS finds NANCY’s ring at home, and knows instantly she’s been lying to him. Desperate for money, he sells her ring at a jewellery shop – but is seen on his way out by PRINCESS MARIE, who recognises him as the architect of the Selfridge Estate. When MARIE hears him being called by a different name, her interest is piqued. Making a visit to the alleged architect’s offices of ‘Mr Gerrard’ – she finds it all boarded up. She knows something is amiss…
 
Whilst GRACE and GORDON try to get back on track, JACQUES makes a case to VIOLETTE as to why they could be a ‘good match’ – giving VIOLETTE food for thought. And as GROVE negotiates the idea of letting BILLY see ERNEST, he and MISS MARDLE come to blows, again. This time she’s at the end of her tether and decides once and for all that enough is enough. MARDLE is fed up with being GROVE’s emotional punch bag - and puts her house up for sale. She plans to leave Selfridge’s, London and MR GROVE for good. 
 
Horrified that GUS sold her engagement ring and shaken by the close shave with PRINCESS MARIE - NANCY confronts GUS. He attacks her for lying to him about HARRY. NANCY finally confesses that she truly loves HARRY. She thinks that she and GUS can have their cake and eat it: they can make the Estate and build the houses, for real. She wants to become Mrs Selfridge. GUS can flee to America and live a good life there, funded by her in her new position as HARRY’s wife. GUS is gobsmacked that NANCY has really fallen for HARRY. 
 
Piggybacking on the controversial press for the Selfridge’s Sale, and angered by news that MAE is to re-marry, LOXLEY agitates against HARRY and manipulates the other board members into action. They demand an emergency board meeting, and HARRY has no choice but to agree. But HARRY is one-step ahead of LOXLEY: knowing they mean to oust him – HARRY wriggles out of the meeting using a little-known clause of postponement. He needs time to get proper figures from the Sale in; it’s all been a massive gamble. However, HARRY’s nimble move infuriates the board, leaving LOXLEY to hammer home his point – HARRY SELFRIDGE must go. It’s a matter of time before they move against him.
 
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.