Published: Mon 28 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 unconscious after his car crash. Word spreads of his accident, and a sombre mood takes over at the store. It’s also revealed that MR GROVE’S wife has died and when a grieving MR GROVE comes to work, MISS MARDLE sees that he’s not ready for a return and looks anxious.
FRANK arrives at HARRY’S house and finds a pack of news hounds outside. Inside, he talks to LOIS, telling her that HARRY was gambling and drinking the night of the accident – and that ELLEN came to see him at the club.
There is news of a Suffragette demonstration the next day in London. The Selfridge daughters discuss whether they’ll come to the store, before ROSALIE goes to relieve ROSE from her bedside vigil, urging her to rest.
Meanwhile, VICTOR and LADY MAE are in bed. He’s late for work…
At the store, KITTY teases AGNES about HENRI and how much she works for him. MISS RAVILLIOUS sees a suffragette leaflet that AGNES was given and reveals that she was at one of the recent demonstrations.
FRANK goes to see ELLEN LOVE at her flat and tells her that HARRY had an accident. She’s angry and upset, wanting to lash out at him, and FRANK sees that he needs to handle the situation carefully.
Later the doctor tells ROSE that although he’s not making much sense, HARRY seems to be responding well enough. However, ROSE is still really worried. MUSKER arrives to talk to her and ask after HARRY’S health. He needs to know what the succession plan is if HARRY dies. It’s awkward and upsetting for ROSE but she tells him that GORDON will take over with her and LOIS’ support.
MR GROVE speaks at the Heads of Department emergency meeting. The pressure is on as lots of decisions need to be made and MR GROVE is having trouble managing the situation. MISS RAVILLIOUS brings up the suffragette demo telling a flippant MR GROVE that he needs a strategy to deal with it - They can’t just ignore it. When MR PEREZ points out that the suffragettes lunch at the Palm Court on that day MR GROVE tells him to cancel it.
It falls to VICTOR to tell LADY MAE that the Suffrage lunch is off. She’s furious and goes to speak to MR GROVE. LADY MAE interrupts a private moment between him and MISS MARDLE in his office and urges MR GROVE to reconsider his decision to cancel the lunch. He sticks to his guns and LADY MAE tells him that she can’t be responsible for the militant actions of some of the women.
Meanwhile, FRANK goes to see ELLEN at the Gaeity before a show. FRANK tells her to give it up but she says she needs the money…Unless, that is, she sold her story about HARRY to the papers…FRANK then offers her a deal she can’t refuse…
GORDON goes to the store on his own and gets mistaken for a pick-pocket! Luckily AGNES and HENRI recognise him as HARRY’S son and tell CRABB that they’ll see him home and safe.
When GORDON arrives home, ROSE wants to know why he ran away. He explains he went to check on the store as he knows it will be his one day – he overheard ROSE say so to MUSKER.
On the way back to the store, HENRI talks to AGNES. Does she want babies? Does she have a young man? He tells her that he’s interested in someone but doesn’t want to make a move and AGNES has to wonder if he’s talking about her….
CRABB calls a secret meeting behind MR GROVE’S back to address the Suffragette ‘situation’. He believes that MR GROVE’S decision is going to backfire so he asks staff to stay late and work on a window display, as HARRY wouldn’t want the store to look to be anti-suffrage.
Finally HARRY wakes. He’s back to normal, although having been haunted by images of his father. HARRY insists on being allowed back to the store. Although the Doctor says no, ROSE can see he needs it.
Outside the store, the Suffragette demonstration is in full swing. HARRY worries that the store has stopped their support in his absence. But the windows (homages to the cause) are revealed just as the suffragettes are about to trash the building.
When HARRY collapses amidst the chaos, VIOLETTE comes to his aid. A suffragette herself – she proudly tells the rest of the crowd exactly who her daddy is – HARRY GORDON SELFRIDGE!