With production having already begun on the second series, Mr Selfridge main star, Jeremy Piven, has revealed that he is already “really proud” of the how the show is going.
Mr Selfridge hit UK screens last year and was instantly highly-acclaimed and cemented as a classic, so much so that the US, who seem to not be able to get enough of our dramas at the moment, snapped it up too!
Mr Selfridge told the story of Harry Selfridge, the eccentric American millionaire who brought the infamous London department store, Selfridge’s & Co, to life.
Following the antics of entrepreneur Harry and his womanising ways, Mr Selfridge was bursting at the seams with colourful characters and inter-departmental tales of love and woe, making it one of the year’s biggest success stories, drama wise.
So it came as no surprise when the series, which also stars former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly, was recommissioned for a second series.
Unfortunately for us, the second series isn’t due to hit our screens until next year at the earliest, but according to Jeremy Piven, who plays Harry Selfridge, it will be well worth the long wait.
Speaking to Digital Spy at last month’s Novak Djokovic Foundation gala dinner, the actor said of the new series:
“I’m not supposed to tell you, but I’ll tell you anyway that [series two] starts five years ahead, so the backdrop is the Great War,
“I know it’s such a cliché, but this season, everything in the show is deepened. I’m really proud of the way it’s going and I feel like we have a duty to do better than last season, and I think we’re off to a really great start.”
Piven went on to tease new arrivals to cast as well as revealing that series 2 has “got even better”, adding:
“The clothes are all so amazing, but what’s important to me is to play with such brilliant actors. It’s an embarrassment of riches.”
When asked if his character would be involved in any battle scenes in the new series, he replied:
“I can’t tell you that, otherwise I’ll have to shoot you.”
Mr Selfridge is an ITV Studios production, airing on ITV in the UK and PBS in the United States. It will return to screens in 2014.
Watch an interview with Piven in the clip below: