Published: Wed 02 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.
Selfridge’s has now been open for a few months. The displays are still as dazzling and seductive as on opening day, and the staff are ready and poised for action. The only thing the store is missing...is customers! The store is eerily quiet. Publicly, HARRY is confident, but privately he is worried. He needs a coup for the store, something to put it on the map in the eyes of the public.
HARRY has dashed to the country with FRANK, where they wait in a field...and then it arrives. A rickety-looking flying machine emerges from the clouds and soars overheard. HARRY looks on in wonderment. It’s the first ever airplane to cross the Channel, and HARRY skilfully secures it from aviator MONSIEUR BLÉRIOT for a grand exhibition in store.