London drama follows the life of a department store visionary

2013-10-28 19:00
Mr Selfridge
London - Mr Selfridge follows the real life of Harry Selfridge, founder of famous London department store Selfridges, the second biggest in England after Harrods.

The series is set in 1909 and American-born Harry saw an opportunity with the newfound freedom that women in England were embracing and the entrepreneur wanted to celebrate it.

He lived a lavish life and although happily married, was known to be a womaniser and gambler. This historical figure is played by Entourage's Jeremy Piven, who has won three Emmys and one Golden Globe, and teams up with Katherine Kelly from Coronation Street who plays a socialite and Harry's most important connection, Lady Mae.

The story is based on the biographical account by Lindy Woodhead, Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge. The show was commissioned by ITV as they thought the businessman's life made good TV, according to Kate Lewis, Executive Producer of ITV Studios.

"It’s impossible to read about the real Harry Selfridge and not be enthralled. Here’s a man that had it all and lost it all in the most spectacular fashion. His life and the extraordinary legacy he left behind are dripping with drama."

Mr Selfridge airs on BBC Entertainment (DSTV Channel 120) every Sunday at 21:00.

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