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Mr Selfridge

Published: Mon 25 Feb 2013

Mr Selfridge

 

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.
 
Episode ten:
 
Harry’s woken up very early next to a woman. He gets dressed and heads home at dawn. He slides into bed with Rose – but she’s not asleep. Without saying a word, she gets out of bed and leaves Harry alone.
 
At the store, Henri’s very keen to speak with Harry. But Harry finds Lady Mae already waiting for him in his office. She’s there to tell him that a special friend of hers wants a private shopping spree after hours….King Edward VII.
 
On the shop floor, Kitty is squealing with delight at Doris’ news – Miss Mardle demands to know what all the fuss is but is shocked to hear that Doris has become engaged to none other than Mr Grove. She immediately goes to him to see if it’s true. It is. He asks to see her later that night to explain. 
 
When Mr Grove later calls on Miss Mardle she acts with dignity as he tells her that she’s the love of his life – and doesn’t see why their arrangement has to end, despite the marriage. She says goodbye, firmly but sadly.
 
 
Meanwhile, Henri talks to Agnes – tells her that he’s accepted a job offer from Valerie Maurel’s company in New York. Agnes gives her blessing – he never lied to her and she tells him to follow his heart…
 
It’s Victor’s birthday – he tells Agnes that she can bring his present to the Palm Court at any time…. She later agrees to meet him and they talk about the last time they were there alone. Victor remembers that he asked her to dance – and Agnes was too shy. This time she accepts and they dance together for the first time…
 
Preparations are well underway for the King’s arrival. Henri finally gets to speak to Harry and hands in his notice. Harry doesn’t handle it well and asks him to leave immediately. Henri’s taken aback but graceful.
 
When the King arrives, his shopping expedition is a success. That evening Harry and Rose are invited to be the King’s guests at the first night of a play – but not just any play, it’s Ellen Love’s written by Tony Travers. 
 
At the theatre, Harry goes back-stage to wish Ellen luck. Tony’s there, as is Frank. There’s tension but Harry glosses over it – even when Ellen tells him that he might not like the play.
 
Back in his seat, Harry publically gets the Royal seal of approval from the King. But as the satirical play starts, it’s clear that both Lady Mae and the Selfridge Family will not enjoy the contents...Humiliation is piled upon Lady Mae and Harry – and Rose is mortified when the play’s venom is directed at her and her liaison with Roddy Temple. Rosalie picks up on the accusation and is appalled. As the play finishes, the audience whisper and snigger and Mae, Harry and Rose are left feeling exposed. 
 
Back at the house, Rosalie flies at Rose. Rose goes to bed alone and Harry is left to his own thoughts as the night wares on. Eventually, Rose comes to speak with Harry...
 
 
 
Cast list:
Harry Selfridge  JEREMY PIVEN
Rose Selfridge  FRANCES O’CONNOR
Agnes Towler  AISLING LOFTUS
Mr Grove  TOM GOODMAN-HILL
Miss Mardle  AMANDA ABBINGTON
Lois Selfridge  KIKA MARKHAM
Lady Mae  KATHERINE KELLY
Mr Crabb  RON COOK
Henri Leclair  GRÉGORY FITOUSSI
Victor  TRYSTAN GRAVELLE
Frank Edwards  SAMUEL WEST
Fraser  MALCOLM RENNIE
Kitty  AMY BETH HAYES
Doris  LAUREN CRACE
Miss Blenkinsop  DEBORAH CORNELIUS
Mr Perez  TIMOTHY WATSON
George Towler  CALUM CALLAGHAN
Rosalie Selfridge  POPPY LEE FRIAR
Miss Ravillious  ANNA MADELEY
Roderick Temple  OLIVER JACKSON-COHEN
Ellen Love  ZOË TAPPER
Tony Travers  WILL PAYNE
King Edward VII  DAVID CALDER
Lady Lushington  LISA JACKSON
Horace Spendrich  BOB GOLDING
Robin Brackenbury  TOM RUSSELL
Richard Brackenbury  LUKE NEWTON
 
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