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Mr. Selfridge: Series 1 2013

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All ten episodes from the first series of the ITV period drama tracing the story of the founder of the famous London department store. In 1909, fresh from a successful retail career in Chicago, a dashing Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) arrives in London intent on building the world's largest department store in the capital's Oxford Street. Helped by his association with socialite Lady Mae Moxley (Katherine Kelly), Harry soon has the financial backing necessary for his plans, resulting in the store being completed in record time. But as the company goes from strength to strength, Harry's marriage to his wife Rose (Frances O'Connor) is jeopardised by his continuing infatuation with music hall artiste Ellen Love (ZoŽ Tapper).

Starring:
Kika Markham, Jeremy Piven
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Mr. Selfridge: Series 1 - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Mr. Selfridge: Series 1 - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Mr. Selfridge: Series 1 - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
Starring Kika Markham, Jeremy Piven, Katherine Kelly, Tom Goodman-Hill, Frances O'Connor, Aisling Loftus, Gregory Fitoussi, Ron Cook, Amanda Abbington, Zoe Tapper
Director Jon Jones, John Strickland
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 10 April 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Mr. Selfridge: Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Mr. Selfridge: Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Mr. Selfridge: Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
Starring Kika Markham, Jeremy Piven, Katherine Kelly, Tom Goodman-Hill, Frances O'Connor, Aisling Loftus, Gregory Fitoussi, Ron Cook, Amanda Abbington, Zoe Tapper
Director Jon Jones, John Strickland
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 10 April 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Compton on 10 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
"Mr Selfridge" is being shown here on DSTV in South Africa and follows on from the showing of Series 2 of "Downton Abbey". Therefore i was expecting a let down after the excellence of "Downton Abbey", but to my pleasant suprise, this English TV Drama series is in my opinion a worthy competitor to "Downton Abbey" and dare i say it, i think it is a better series.

The attention to detail of the period is outstanding,the plot concerning the founding and running of Selfridges London Store is intriguing and cannot wait for each weekly episode and am suprised that it did not get any Emmy Awards. Mr Selfridge played by Jeremy Niven cannot be faulted, while the rest of the cast play their roles superbly.
The plot flows so sublimely, far better than "Downton Abbey" and you are transported in to early 20th century London quite magnificently.

A must see for lovers of quality English period dramas.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Arachne202 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
I adore both the actresses Frances O'Connor and Zoe Tapper, and have seen them in many other television series and films, and Frances O'Connor on the West End stage. They are not "unknowns". They are skilled and talented jobbing actors. And I am not familiar with the actor playing Mr Selfridge, but I am enjoying his performance very much.

This is social history mixed with economic history mixed with melodrama and sensuality (Andrew Davies - Mr-Darcy-in-wet-shirt-creator - is the writer) mixed with beautiful dresses and perfumes. Personally I go for the first two, and my five-year-old daughter goes for the last one. (She can never have too many pretty dresses in her life.)

It is based on the real life history of Harry Selfridge, an American who moved to Britain and opened London's first modern-style department store in around 1908. Everything he does is radically different to what everyone else is doing, and he deals with every obstacle with great exuberance and enthusiasm, that is very different to what other British period dramas depict. I love that energy.

There are guest appearances from other historical characters of the day - the ballerina Anna Pavlova, writer Conan Doyle, a Frenchman who flew the Channel for the first time, gangs of rather glammed-up Suffragettes - as well as lots of pointing out that it is a new century and a new world, with cars and planes and suchlike changing life as everyone knows it. I'm actually very interested in the Edwardian period of history for precisely that reason. I especially love the minute aspects of history that come into the programme, like make-up having to be sold under the counter because it's linked with being an escort, or comments about how the shop girls automatically have to resign if they get married - it's a lovely introduction to the female side of history.

So currently it's my favourite show on television, and I actually prefer it to "Downton Abbey."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katrine Veis on 3 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Mr. Selfridge gets better with every episode you watch. Although I did find Piven's Selfridge a but irritating in the first episode, his character quickly grew on me (even if he is a bit of a bastard at times). However, what really won me over was the lovely Agnes, so beautifully played by Aisling Loftus. Brilliant character!

All in all, Mr. Selfridge is definately worth a watch. I am now eagerly anticipating the second series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Bett on 3 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Fantastic viewing. Can't wait for series two. Attention to detail is exquisite. Stories are rich and each episode takes you on another interesting adventour in the development of this iconic London Store. Who new they have the largest shoe hall in the world selling over 7k pairs per week. Check out the two special features on the disc fascinating viewing. 5 stars hands down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
I really do love this series. The series is brilliantly cast and there is very believable atmosphere and costumes. The writing and production, locations, production as well as the acting are all excellent.

The series continues the true life story of Harry Selfridge and his business empire. The attention to period detail and the great characterisation together with solid plot lines is excellent viewing, Anyone who likes period costume dramas will like this,
This is an outstanding production. And deserves much praise.
This DVD set would be one to get and to watch over and over. I would like to get it but the DVD is a disappointment to me and people like me,

I am writing this review after seeing a number of episodes as transmitted on TV and then the DVD set.
I am doing so because I have an issue with what is the DVD release. . I do have one criticism and it is a big issue for me. When the series was transmitted on TV it had Audio Description on it. Something that is invaluable for people who are partially sighted or Blind. Here on these DVD releases there is no Audio Description mentioned for its issue on DVD. The deaf and hard of hearing have been catered for with subtitles which has almost become the norm for DVD releases.

But the visually impaired are being left behind with many companies neglecting to include Audio Description. The Subtitles were on the transmitted version and so was the Audio Description. But here there are subtitles but no Audio Description,

There is little excuse for this. This programme has been very successful so it cannot be down to cost. Come on DVD manufacturers include the Audio Description. Someone went to the trouble of making Audio Description for the TV transmission, so why not include it here.
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