FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Shop 'til You Drop
Mr. Selfridge, Season 2
Airs Sundays, March 30th to May 18th at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1
- Starring Jeremy Piven as London’s mercantile king -
Three-time Emmy® winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) returns for a sumptuous new
season of Mr. Selfridge as the man who brought seductive shopping to early
twentieth-century London, on Mr. Selfridge, Season 2. A Co-Production of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE, the second season runs over
eight Sundays beginning March 30th, 2014 at 8:00pm on MASTERPIECE on WTVP-HD 47.1.
Season 2 continues the drama surrounding the birth of Selfridge & Co., the pioneering
London department store founded in 1909 by American capitalist buccaneer, Harry Gordon
Selfridge—portrayed with passion, charm, and a generous dose of human flaws by Piven.
The premiere season made the sale, with the Wall Street Journal praising
the program as “addicting…opening a treasure box of tales about love, loss, ambition, and the spirit
of a new age.” The Los Angeles Times found “something for everyone.” The Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette recognized “Mad Men meets Upstairs Downstairs.” And The New York Daily
News marveled, “Mr. Selfridge takes us to the starting line for the accelerated urban life
of the future.”
The returning cast includes Frances O’Connor (Madame Bovary) as Harry’s
decent, down-to-earth wife, Rose; Aisling Loftus (Page Eight) as Agnes Towler, the gutsy
sales clerk promoted to head of display; Amanda Abbington (Sherlock Season 3) as Miss
Mardle, jilted in love last season but smiled on by fate in the new series; and Ron Cook
(Little Dorrit) as Mr. Crabb, the store’s money man with the bunny-in-the-headlights
Also back are Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street) as showgirl-turned-socialite
Lady Mae; Grégory Fitoussi (World War Z) as Henri LeClair, brilliant window designer,
strangely evasive about his recent travels; Samuel West (Any Human Heart) as enterprising
journalist Frank Edwards, whose scoops threaten disaster; Tom Goodman-Hill (Case Histories)
as stern personnel director Mr. Grove, now a father many times over; and Trystan Gravelle
(Anonymous) as Victor Colleano, the good-looking, ambitious manager of the store’s Palm
Joining the cast are Polly Walker (Miss Marple) as Delphine Day, risqué
novelist and proprietor of a brilliant new nightclub; Cal Macaninch (Downton Abbey) as
Mr. Thackeray, the sharp-tongued new head of fashion; and Aidan McArdle (Jane Eyre) as
Lord Loxley, Lady Mae’s absentee husband, who suddenly shows up to recoup the fortune he has
gambled away, while tormenting his wife and her close friends—notably Harry.
Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 opens in the spring of 1914
with the store’s gala fifth anniversary. Many employees have moved up the promotion ladder, some
have moved on, and Rose has moved out—back to America from pique with Harry over his blatant
infidelities. She unexpectedly returns to London, but as a changed woman. Meanwhile the loose
ends of love affairs from last season get tied up as men are called to serve in a war that will
change their lives forever.
As in every other sphere of society, World War I puts the store, its employees,
managers, and the galaxy of characters who revolve around this symbol of progress to the severest
Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 is a Co-Production of ITV Studios
and MASTERPIECE and based on "Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge" by Lindy Woodhead.
Kate Brooke is lead writer on the second season working alongside Kate O'Riordan, Dan Sefton and
Andrew Davies. The producers are Cherry Gould and Jeremy Piven. The co-executive producer is Kate
O'Riordan. The executive producers are Kate Lewis, Kate Brooke, Andrew Davies, and Rebecca Eaton.
Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE.
MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Funding for the series is
provided by Viking Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public
television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’
For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Interim Program
Director, at (309) 495-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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