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Mr. Selfridge, English period drama, aired in the UK in early January 2013, and in the US in late March. A television drama, the focus is larger-than life Harry G. Selfridge and his new London department store, known by the same name. It's currently airing on public television. Following the success of Downton Abbey, this show is also receiving comparisons, criticisms, and much attention.

At the opening of the television drama, the audience learns the Selfridge has newly arrived from his profitable and modern United States department store, Chicago's Marshall Fields. The London "Selfridge's" is now his new project. He's decided also, that it will be the very biggest and best in the world. However, his business partner declines to join him in the project. However, publicity and contacts lead him to London socialite Lady Mae Loxley, who finds investors for the new and ambitious venture.

The first episode finds Selfridge embarking in London with his mother, wife, and their four children. He hires and pushes staff to complete the store as rapidly as possible. When he finds a discouragingly initial lack of business, he comes up with various gimmicks to draw potential customers to the department store. For instance, he induces a French aviator and the first individual who has flown across the English Channel, to make a personal appearance. He also hires and becomes infatuated with his glamorous Spirit of the store, actress Ellen Love. Their tryst becomes public knowledge as Selfridge's neglected wife establishes a friendship with Roddy Temple, a young bohemian artiste.

One of Selfridge's employees and also one of the best developed main characters, Agnes Trowler, secures a position for her flighty brother George, and then their ne'er-do-well father Reg, attempt to take advantage of the pair on their new positions at the store. A gentlemen waiter, also interested in Agnes, is propositioned by a wealthy client, and encouraged to make the women happy, by none less than his boss. And that's just the beginning.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
4 Seasons, 40 Episodes - Currently Airing
January 6, 2013
Drama, Family, History
7.7/10
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Mr. Selfridge Full Episode Guide

  • Episode 10

  • Josie takes on a new role and an old one. Whiteleys' troubles lead Jimmy and Mr. Crabb to take a big risk. Found out, Jimmy takes desperate measures.

  • The Whiteleys deal starts to look bad. A reporter confronts Jimmy. Grove undertakes a good deed and a new project before retiring. Harry and Mae also retire.

  • A former employee is laid to rest. Kitty and Frank reach an understanding. Grove confronts Tilly. Jimmy thinks he's a hunted man, even as he makes the deal of his life.

  • Grove and Josie make a new start. Frank is in the doghouse. Movie mogul Harry courts trouble with a mob boss and a press lord.

  • Frank turns into prey at a swank junket for the press. Josie arrives to console Grove. Harry faces a choice: either settle a gambling debt or bankroll the Dolly twins�۪ dream job.

  • To Gordon�۪s horror, Harry and Jimmy make a high-risk deal. Meanwhile, Harry courts one of the Dolly twins, Jimmy courts Mae, and Elizabeth Arden courts Kitty.

  • The newspapers report Gordon will take over the store, stoking tension between father and son. The Dolly sisters mar Mae's fashion show. Kitty comes to terms with the news from her sister Connie.

  • Wheeler-dealer Jimmy Dillon makes his cocky entrance. The Groves are at loose ends. Harry has a run-in with the Queen of Time. The Dolly sisters mar Mae??s fashion show.

  • Harry has to face his Board, Gordon makes a big decision and Princess Marie makes a discovery.

  • Selfridge's launches a sale of unprecedented proportions, whilst Princess Marie receives a welcome surprise.

  • In the Season 3 finale, the store plans a sale to end all sales while Harry's future hangs in the balance.

  • Harry prepares for the board meeting, and a nervous Crabb tells him that profits aren't up as much as they'd hoped.

  • One of Victor's new allies takes things in a dangerous direction.

  • Harry holds a race for store deputy, Kitty faces her attackers and Doris struggles.

  • Harry starts a competition for store deputy.

  • Unexpected associates show up in the search for Kitty's assailants. Agnes and Henri make a decision, and Harry and Nancy reach an understanding.

  • Harry attends a land auction, Henri has a flashback, and Edwards' new book creates a problem for Kitty.

  • Harry prepares for the board meeting, and Crabb nervously tells him that profits aren't up as much as they'd hoped.

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