Mr Selfridge, episode 7: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle comes for a Sherlock Holmes signing!

by Lisa McGarry

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Rose finds that Harry’s been having nightmares and hallucinations. Rose doesn’t think he’s ready to return to work so soon.

At the store, legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is in store for a Sherlock Holmes book signing, and Harry greets him. Harry seems to have a renewed zest for life – and his work. He wants the senior staff to improve and reinvigorate their departments: new product lines, new suppliers, an injection of fresh thinking. Miss Ravillious knows what she wants to improve her department – Agnes Towler. Harry agrees to Agnes’ transfer to Ladies Fashion as a reward for Miss Ravillious’ smart and deft handling of the Suffragette crisis. Meanwhile, Frank Edwards and Kitty indulge in a playful in-store flirtation…
Rosalie is preparing to go to her first society soiree at Lady Mae’s. Meanwhile, Lois is worrying about Harry since his accident – these nightmares and hallucinations he’s having are troubling her.

Harry’s determination to progress and push forwards at work finds a new target – a burgeoning stock issue of public shares to raise capital. Harry wants the banks to speed up in their handling of the stock issue. However, Harry’s forceful determination worries Crabb and Musker, who think that his brash approach may upset and discourage the traditional, conservative men of the City.

On the shop floor, Kitty receives a box of humbugs – from a secret admirer! Kitty is convinced it’s Frank and gets excited when another note arrives with details of a later rendezvous…

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Harry and Rose enjoy lunch with Sir Arthur and an American companion of his, Rex Crennell, a spiritual medium. As conversation drifts to Harry’s recent brush with near death – it isn’t long before talk of the Spiritualist movement comes to the fore. When Rex offers to hold a séance for the staff in the store, Harry is hamstrung. He needs to keep his star guest Sir Arthur happy, and for the store be at the forefront of new thinking and progress, but he himself isn’t keen on the notion. Somewhat reluctantly, he agrees.

On their tea break, Doris and Kitty bump into Miss Bunting – the former Head of Ladies Fashion who was sacked for stealing. She can’t get a new job without a reference, and has fallen on hard times. Her plight really gets under Doris’ skin, and they strike up an unlikely friendship. Doris feels compelled to go to Mr Grove to see if there’s any way Miss Bunting could get a reference from Mr Selfridge. Mr Grove promises to ask, and his eyes are opened to her kind and caring nature.

At the séance, the staff isn’t sure how to react to the proceedings! Some are spooked, others cynical. Miss Mardle is convinced that one of the messages is from Mr Grove’s recently deceased wife. But the séance is broken when a malign male force ‘pushes’ itself disturbingly onto Rex. Candles flicker, and an ominous mood descends on the room. Rex tells Harry he felt the malicious spirit drawn to him. Harry is dismissive, but Lois is concerned. She clearly has something on her mind…


Lady Mae – who is continuing her steamy affair with Victor – is approached by Musker to ‘help out’ when the bankers make a key visit to the store. She knows the Chairman socially and during a somewhat sticky tour of the shop floor she just happens to there. She’s in the right place, at the right time – and wins them over with her clever magic touch!

Meanwhile, as Agnes undertakes her new role in Ladies’ Fashion – enlisting the help of Henri who is more than willing to help. Their friendship takes an unexpected turn when they share a sensual, sudden and secret kiss…