Opened in 1909 London by a brash American Selfridge’s Department Store was to revolutionize the way Britain’s shopped by using new techniques and outrageous stunts to entice a new era of shoppers. Although it sounds a lot like the BBC’s costume drama The Paradise, Mr Selfridge is a ten-part ITV series based on the true story of Harry Gordon Selfridge.
American actor Jeremy Piven (Entourage) takes on the role of the charming department store mogul. Based on the Lindy Woodhead book Shopping, Seduction and Mr. Selfridge and written by Andrew Davies the drama details the true story of the charismatic American’s rise as one of Britain’s most important retailers.
In episode one Selfridge takes on the ambitious scheme to open a magnificently large department store in less than a year. Although he is dealing with immense pressure from employees, investors that abandon him in the last-minute, and a family moving from America to London Selfridge stops at nothing to make his dream come true.
Talking about his character Piven said, “If you’re going to celebrate someone’s life, then you need to celebrate their whole life. We all have a shadow side, and he lives in the light so much professionally, he loved to go out and gamble, it made him feel alive – and he was also susceptible to women… But you know, you can’t judge a man. When you’re playing him, you just got to inhabit it.”
Mr. Selfridge stars Jeremy Piven, Frances O’Connor and Katherine Kelly and airs Sunday nights on ITV, starting January 6th.