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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 July 2014
Season Two of “Mr Selfridge” picks up in 1914 as Selfridge & Co. celebrates its fifth anniversary while Europe is on the brick of war. It begins with proprietor Harry Selfridge (excellently cast Jeremy Piven) anxious for the return of his estranged wife Rose (Frances O'Connor) from America; and continues with plenty of war-related stories, as well as love stories. Though the central figure of Mr. Selfridge is H.G. Selfridge, it's the whole cast that makes the show come alive, as it centres of the relationships among employees and employers, which are passionate, supportive, sometimes dysfunctional and very occasionally spiteful.

I loved this season, although it is much darker then the first, it is still impressively detailed and masterfully put together. “Mr Selfridge” is not a show for everybody, but if it fits your mood, it’s such enjoyable series! I really loved the show and cannot wait for Season Three.
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on 25 April 2014
The second season shows a more family orientated Mr. Selfridge and get to like his character better than the first season.

The acting is super of all the main characters and the story line of Lady May and her awful husband helps to liven up the season.

The introduction of new characters gives a better insight into the jealousies among the staff and how each of them handles their own personal problems.

Look forward to a series 3
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on 6 June 2014
This is the best production of a rivetting period drama for some time. The quality of the Writing and Acting is sparkling as is the lavish well researched Costume Design and authentic scenery. A feast. The Oxford Street outdoor scenes with carriages and buses are truly atmospheric and cleverly filmed.
The second series, 5 years on, contains several intriguing twists and turns that have us in suspense wiith some sad and some satisfying unexpected conclusions.

l felt proud to read that something which l enjoyed SO much has attracted acclaim from all over the world.
Much more enjoyable on DVD without adverts breaking the fantastic atmosphere and dialogue.
l lit my room with candlelight and stayed
up watching all the episodes all night, hooked ! Now waiting for series three "with supreme anticipation."
A masterpiece. l hope they win awards for every aspect of this production.
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on 26 May 2014
This series is excellent. The characters keep you interested and each week was waiting for the next episode....now can't wait for the next series. Love Lady Mae.....excellent actress...come such a long way since Coronation Street.
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"Mr Selfridge" is a British television drama produced by ITV Studios in the UK and Masterpiece/WGBH in the US. The drama is named after Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858-1947), an American businessman, who lived and worked in England for many years. In 1906 he came to London. He was on a holiday, but he decided to stay, and three years later he opened a department store, which carried his family name: Selfridge's. His aim was to create the biggest and the best department store in all of London, indeed in all of England.

He was full of ideas, he had a lot of initiative. He wanted people to go shopping not out of necessity but for pleasure. He is credited with coining the phrase "The customer is always right."

"Mr Selfridge" is a period drama about the life and the times of this man and the numerous people around him:

** His family: his wife and his children
** The people who work for him: the staff
** The people who come to the store: the customers

I do not wish to spoil the viewing for anyone. Therefore I am not going to reveal too many details in this review. But I can offer some general information.

The main character Harry Selfridge is played by American actor Jeremy Piven, who is absolutely right for this role. Since this is a television drama, we must understand and accept that not all characters and not all events are real, but many characters are real, and the general storyline is based on a true story. Several famous people from the period pop up from time to time, in most cases because they are invited to make an appearance at the store. Here are a few examples from season 1:

** Episode 02 - the French aviator Louis Bleriot (1872-1936)
** Episode 04 - the iconic dancer Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)
** Episode 07 - the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
** Episode 09 - the arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922)
** Episode 10 - King Edward VII (king 1901-1910)

The screenplay is based on a book written by Lindy Woodhead: Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge (hardcover 2007, paperback 2012). There is also a book about the television drama, the official companion, written by Alison Maloney: The World of Mr Selfridge (2014).

Here is an overview of the drama:

Season 1 was broadcast in 2013 and released on DVD in the same year. This season covers the time from 1908 to 1910. The focus is on the opening of the store in 1909.

Season 2 was broadcast in 2014 and released on DVD in the same year. This season covers the year 1914. The focus is on the First World War which began in August 1914.

Seasons 1 and 2 were released together on DVD in 2014.

Season 3 was broadcast in 2015 and released on DVD together with seasons 1 and 2 in a box set in the same year. Season 3 covers the time from 1918 to 1919, i.e. from the armistice in 1918 to the signing of the Versailles Treaty in 1919.

Each season comprises ten episodes. So far the total number of episodes is 30.

Season 4 has been confirmed. This final season, which will be broadcast in 2016, will cover the last years of Harry Selfridge's life, until his death in 1947.

[For more details, see Jessica Earnshaw, "Mr Selfridge to return for fourth series in 2016," Daily Express, 13 March 2015; and Ian Spelling, "From Hollywood to the hard sell," Bangkok Post, 19 April 2015 (both available online).]

The script is well-written and the actors play their roles well. The Harry Selfridge that we see here is charming and likeable, dynamic and creative. However, not everything about him is charming and likeable. He is a gambler. He likes to play and he loses a lot. He is a rich man, but his lavish life style may demand more money than he makes. Can he keep it up?

One important topic that is explored in this drama is the question of the social classes. The Harry Selfridge that we see here has a strong sense of fairness (I guess this is part of his American heritage). He will not respect an English aristocrat just because he or she is a member of the aristocracy. He will not look down on someone who is poor. It does not matter who you are. What matters is what you do and what you say. In the store, he will promote anyone who works hard and well. Promotions are based on merits, not on your family name.

Another topic that is explored in this drama is the question of women's role in society. What can a woman do, and what is a woman not allowed to do in England at the beginning of the twentieth century? Women may work in the store, but even the modern and progressive Harry Selfridge is bound by the customs and the norms of the times: the woman who wants to work in his store must be single, if she wants to marry, she can no longer work in his store. For a man there is no such rule.

This captivating drama is highly recommended.
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on 30 May 2014
I really love this series and I'm looking forward to the next one. Lively acting, nice plots with interesting characters.
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on 22 March 2014
A brilliant series that delivers not only insight into the fashion world of the early twentieth century but is also able to tie in key historical events like WW1. While series one was slow at first, series 2 delivers very strong episodes which lead towards a big conclusion. Top quality drama. A must see for any fans of period dramas like Downton Abbey and The Paradise.
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on 29 May 2014
Great. Mr Selfridge was so good. We'd been away & missed it so thanks for that as British dramas are the best in the world, plus we have so many excellent actors.
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on 2 June 2014
I enjoyed series 1 so much I had to buy series 2 straight away and found it just as good. Really entertaining.
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on 21 November 2014
This review is for the dvd. I waited many months for the blu ray to be released in the UK, but it never happened. Very disappointed by that. The storylines were much stronger than in series one and moved away from the rather contrived concept of linking each episode with an historical event. Of course the back story was the developments during the First World War and the effect on the staff, so that filled up much of the series.
However, the DVD picture quality and sound were very weak compared with series one which I bought on blu ray. I prefer, if possible, to watch period dramas on blu ray as it shows the costumes and scenery to great effect. WHY NO UK BLU RAY?
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