Fans of the hit new ITV drama, Mr Selfridge, are in for a treat when an upcoming storyline will see one of the shows main characters, waiter Victor Colleano, encouraged by store management to undertake certain compromising duties to keep the female visitors to the in-store restaurant where he works happy, namely escorting!
On Sunday night’s premier of the show, which had a peak audience of 8.1m viewers, Victor was introduced as he, and fellow job-seeker Agnes Towler, both applied to be part of the new and exciting venture, London’s first ever high-end department store, Selfridges.
Agnes was given a job in the accessory department whilst Victor was appointed to the position of waiter in the store’s fancy restaurant.
It was soon pretty clear to see that there were real sparks between the two, especially when Victor staged a practice run of waiting on Agnes, but according to Trystan Gravelle, the actor who plays him, life is about to get pretty complicated for his character when he is encouraged to partake in some rather questionable overtime!
Speaking to the Sun newspaper the Welsh star explained: “Victor is told to keep the customers satisfied at all costs. He has just got a job at the Palm Court Restaurant in Selfridge’s and doesn’t want to mess up his big opportunity. He’s a bit of a Jack the lad, but it’s a real dilemma for him.”
“The reality of life for characters such as Victor and Agnes was very different to today. It was a brutal world where you had to work to put food on the table. There were no social security benefits – nothing to prop you up. So what do you do?
“Victor is a working class lad with aspirations to better himself. The stakes are very high. If you didn’t do what you were told you could be sacked on the spot.”
Watch the promo for Mr Selfridge in the clip below:
Mr Selfridge continues on Sunday at 9pm on ITV1/ITV1 HD.