Published: Mon 21 Jan 2013
Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven (Entourage) leads the cast as Harry Gordon Selfridge in new drama series Mr Selfridge, about the life of the flamboyant and visionary American entrepreneur.
Created by multi-award winning writer Andrew Davies, 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.
HARRY is showing CRABB a new motor car that he wants to put in the window when HENRI comes in to tell HARRY that AGNES has handed in her notice after her father shamed her at work.
VICTOR visits AGNES. VICTOR thinks it’s a good thing she’s not working at the store as it gives them a chance to be a couple, and they share their first kiss. But back at the store, the Fashion and Accessories departments start to sell the new motoring merchandise and AGNES’ absence is felt.
RODDY calls on ROSE to apologise for his recent behaviour and to show her the portrait he has painted. ROSE and he make friends and she declares she loves the painting. RODDY kisses her and she kisses him back just as BEATRICE walks in and catches the embrace. ROSE is beside herself, telling BEATRICE to keep the portrait a secret from her father, and RODDY that nothing can happen between them.
As GORDON and HARRY talk about cars, BEATRICE reveals the secret about the portrait and HARRY’s suspicions are immediately aroused.
HARRY goes to AGNES’ house and surprises her by telling her he can’t accept her resignation. She tells him about her father and how she can’t get rid of him. HARRY takes matters into his own hands. After paying him off, HARRY and threatens REG telling him never to come back. AGNES agrees to return to work and she and HARRY drive in together.
ELLEN calls on ROSE at their London home and tells her that she’s having an affair with HARRY. ROSE unnerves her by saying she knew all along and that she’s just one of many chorus girls her husband has had a dalliance with. But after ELLEN is dismissed curtly, ROSE is left alone, shaken and humiliated.
At the store, VICTOR witnesses a scam in the warehouse and alerts MR GROVE to it. GROVE tells HARRY and assures him he’ll sort it. Before it’s too late, VICTOR saves GEORGE’s bacon by telling him he’s been duped into a scam.
LADY MAE comes to the store with TONY. They meet HARRY, and TONY wastes no time in telling HARRY that he saw ROSE at the Arts Club with RODDY TEMPLE. LADY MAE is clearly embarrassed about it – and once she’s deftly handled the sticky situation, dismisses TONY. She’s forgotten what the point of him is and swiftly turns her attention to VICTOR…
VICTOR and AGNES talk. VICTOR wants to take her out but she says she wants to hear what HARRY has to say in the meeting he’s called – and she’s got work to do with HENRI. VICTOR loses his temper and AGNES decides she’s had enough of being told what to do.
HARRY does a rousing speech to the staff, referring to MIS BUNTING’S thievery and the scam in the basement. Stealing from Selfridge’s amounts to stealing from their own family. Honesty is everything. During the meeting, KITTY points out to VICTOR that AGNES and HENRI make a pretty couple. A jealous VICTOR storms out, deciding to see LADY MAE. Meanwhile, AGNES and HENRI look closer than ever.
At home, BEATRICE tells HARRY in front of ROSE that she blushed when the artist kissed her. HARRY is furious and the couple have a blazing row.
Later, HARRY is in his club, drinking whisky and when FRANK finds him, he’s drunk. ELLEN comes to the club, doped up and emotional and tells HARRY she loves him. It’s too much – FRANK puts ELLEN in a cab and tells HARRY to go home.
FRANK finds ELLEN at her flat, semi-conscious, a pile of pills by her side. Meanwhile, HARRY goes to the store, and climbs into the motor car. After driving away recklessly he loses control and crashes the car…