Since it first began two years ago, Mr Selfridge has been one of my guilty pleasure TV shows. Whilst Jeremy Piven’s scenery-chewing performance was a little much at times, I enjoyed the turns given by the supporting cast and the ostentatious production design. I felt that Mr Selfridge peaked in series two, which ironed out the problems in the drama’s first run and was somewhat improved due to its focus on the start of World War One. Due to the promise of Mr Selfridge’s second run I was anticipating tonight’s third series greatly, imagine my disappointment then when I was totally underwhelmed with what I saw.
With excitement growing for the new series of Mr Selfridge, ITV have released some pictures to help whet its fans appetites!
The new series of the hit ITV period drama will pick up with Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) and his team of staff at the iconic London department store in 1919 and in what the network are calling a very “dark” time in the American businessman’s life. Read more & comment »
A new year means new drama on TV, and the return of some of our best loved shows such as Mr Selfridge, and now ITV has released the new trailer advertising just that!
This new promo trailer, which is set to the song Worthy by Jacob Banks, confirms that popular period drama, based on the iconic London department store – the first of its kind – will be back on our screens next month. Read more & comment »
While the majority of the nation faces the gloomy fact that Downton Abbey is now over for another year, it is some comfort to know that rather than just one Christmas Special to look forward to next month.
As we have previously reported, this year the cast of the hit ITV period drama will be coming together to make a special episode of Downton for the very worthwhile Text Santa fundraising campaign. Read more & comment »
The US remake of the Chris Chibnall blockbuster drama Broadchurch is heading over to the UK, The Daily Star newspaper reports!
US network giants FOX picked up the rights to remake Broadchurch, along with its writer and main star David Tennant, and put together Gracepoint which, apart from a few accent related issues, has been the buzz of excitement over the pond. Read more & comment »
Broadchurch has topped yet another poll and it’s season one finale was chosen as the most memorable ITV drama moment, according to a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of ITV to celebrate the launch of new channel, ITV Encore.
The survey asked more than 2,000 viewers to choose a top three, from a selection of memorable moments, from recent ITV dramas. A total of 25% of respondents picked the moment the murderer in Broadchurch was revealed, as their top ITV drama moment.
Filming for the third series of hit ITV period drama Mr Selfridge is well underway, and according to the show’s star Jeremy Piven – he of course plays Harry Selfridge – it’s shaping up to be the best yet!
In case you haven’t yet seen the show – and if not, get on it, you’re missing a treat – it focusses on the story of the legendary Harry and his department store, which was the first of its kind in London. The show was an instant hit with ITV viewers and landed impressively high figures in terms of viewer ratings. Read more & comment »
There’s great news for fans of hit ITV drama Mr Selfridge as it’s been announced today that a third series of the show is now in production, and that new members of the cast will include veteran actress Zoë Wanamaker.
The show’s third run will feature a total of ten episodes, and filming will begin this week on location in London, which is where Zoë will join Emmy award-winning star Jeremy Piven – who of course plays the role of charming American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge – and an entourage cast which includes former EastEnders actress Kara Tointon and her sister Hannah.
The period drama’s new run will focus on events in and around the iconic London store in 1919, just as World War I ends… Read more & comment »
Following the revelation that her character was dying at the end of the series 2 finale of Mr Selfridge, Frances O’Connor has announced that she will not be returning when the series returns for its third series next year.
O’Connor has played the rich wife of Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) who came to London in the late 1880’s to open the now iconic department store, Selfridges, since the show first began in 2013. Read more & comment »
Over the past nine weeks we’ve watched as Harry Selfridge and his team have struggled with personal and professional problems during the start of World War I. Those of you who’ve read my reviews know that I’ve felt that this series has been inconsistent but more often than not has at least provided some entertaining episodes. Thankfully the series goes out on a high tonight with the majority of the stories having a happy ending of sorts while the villain of the piece got his just desserts. However this jubilation was tinged with tragedy in the final moments of the episode as I was left wondering if we’d see one of the main characters ever again.
Mr Selfridge star, Jeremy Piven, has revealed how he was recently mistakenly overlooked at a joint Q&A session for Sherlock!
Piven, who plays the owner of the iconic London department store, Harry Selfridge, in the hit period drama, explained how PBS asked him to do the Q&A session alongside Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Sherlock, but that when he was brought on stage they forgot to include Mr Selfridge in the introduction leaving him, well just stood there! Read more & comment »
I think that my main issue with this series of Mr Selfridge has been an over-abundance of episodes which in turn caused a mid-series lull. But, now we’re approaching the end of the series, all of the stories are building up steam and it appears as if Harry may finally be getting his revenge on Loxley. In addition, this episode surprised me, by throwing in a few curveballs, especially one involving Rose.
For several weeks now Mr Selfridge has been almost stagnant in the way that it handles its storylines and this has resulted in some mediocre episodes. But, judging by tonight’s instalment, things are on the up and Jeremy Piven’s return as the titular shopkeeper has renewed the programme’s energy. In addition, the overlong story regarding Leclair’s whereabouts reaches its long overdue conclusion and the glamour provided by American silent film star Mabel Normand injects a bit of sparkle into a show that shouldn’t be as dour has it has been.
It’s always interesting when a programme loses its lead character, usually because it struggles to cope in their absence. Those of you who read my Call the Midwife reviews know that I’ve recently lost interest in the show following the departure of Jessica Raine’s Jenny Lee. Similarly tonight’s Mr Selfridge had to cope without Harry, who was on secret business in Berlin, but I have to say I didn’t miss him very much. That was because writer Dan Sefton was able to show us how quickly things fell apart in Harry’s absence and how the store’s problems escalated without him present.