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Mr Selfridge

Published: Fri 14 Dec 2012

Amended: Mon 24 Dec 2012


Award-winning actor JEREMY PIVEN (Entourage) leads the cast as American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, in new drama Mr Selfridge, about the life of the flamboyant and visionary American entrepreneur, produced by ITV Studios for ITV1.
Created by multi-award winning writer Andrew Davies, and written by Andrew Davies, Kate Brooke and Kate O’Riordan, Mr Selfridge tells the story of ‘Mile a Minute Harry’, a man with a mission to make shopping as thrilling as sex
Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, he created a theatre of retail where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining - or sometimes just eccentric - was showcased.
KATHERINE KELLY (Coronation Street) joins Piven in Mr Selfridge as the confident and alluring socialite Lady Mae, whose connections prove vital for Harry as he builds his empire.
Also starring is FRANCES O’CONNOR (Piccadilly Jim) who plays Harry’s wife Rose, acclaimed French actor GRÉGORY FITOUSSI (Spiral) as Henri Leclair, Harry’s flamboyant creative director, AISLING LOFTUS (The Borrowers, Dive) as shop assistant Agnes, TRYSTAN GRAVELLE (Anonymous) as ladies’ man Victor, the Assistant Manager at Selfridge’s in-store restaurant, and ZOE TAPPER (Desperate Romantics) playing a celebrated stage entertainer, Ellen Love, who becomes the new ‘face’ of Selfridge’s.
The drama is set in London in 1909, at a time when women were revelling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his lavish department store, on London’s famous Oxford Street.
Through the innovations and spectacular events Harry staged within the store, the stories shines a light on hidden moments of the history of women, be it fashion, cosmetics, technology or domestic affairs.
Mr Selfridge will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.