Mr. Selfridge: Season 1 (2013)



Critic Consensus: Although Mr. Selfridge possesses all the trappings of a classic British period drama, it's basically a handsomely mounted soap opera.


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Air date: Mar 31, 2013
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The story of flamboyant Harry Gordon Selfridge (Jeremy Piven), the American founder of the lavish London department store Selfridge & Co., opens with his plans to launch the store waylaid when his business partner pulls out of the project. Other developments that occur during the course of the first series: Harry enters into an affair with emotionally needy stage star Ellen Love (Zoe Tapper) while his wife Rose (Frances O'Connor) becomes infatuated with bohemian artist Roddy (Oliver Jackson-Cohen); a visit from a Russian ballerina doesn't go as planned; a drunken Harry is injured in an auto accident; and Arthur Conan Doyle (John Sessions) holds a seance at the store.


Jeremy Piven
as Harry Selfridge
Frances O'Connor (II)
as Rose Selfridge
Aisling Loftus
as Agnes Towler
Zoe Tapper
as Ellen Love
Tom Goodman-Hill
as Mr. Grove
Kika Markham
as Lois Selfridge
Ron Cook
as Mr. Crabb
Grégory Fitoussi
as Henri Leclair
Samuel West
as Frank Edwards
Deborah Cornelius
as Miss Blenkinsop
Deborah Cornelius
as Miss Blenkinsop
Timothy Watson
as Mr. Perez
Pippa Haywood
as Miss Bunting
Calum Callaghan
as George Towler
Nick Moran
as Reginald Towler
Oliver Jackson-Cohen
as Roderick Temple
Raffey Cassidy
as Beatrice Selfridge
Adam Wilson
as Gordon Selfridge
Freya Wilson
as Violette Selfridge
Poppy Lee Friar
as Rosalie Selfridge
Natalia Kremen
as Anna Pavlova
Michael Brandon
as Mr Woolworth
John Sessions
as Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle
Mark Dexter
as Ernest Shackleton
Lisa Eichhorn
as Jennie Woolworth
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Selfridge Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (13)

Easy to watch but hard to believe in. It was an entertaining spectacle but, in the end, I just didn't buy it.

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's breezy, but with substance. Soapy but not too sudsy.

Mar 29, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's beautifully filmed, interiors and exteriors, making London of the early 20th century look lush and elegant. The clothing, hair and general styles are showcased lovingly.

Apr 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Alas, in this particular entourage, which is filled with promise, Piven is the weak link.

Mar 29, 2013 | Full Review…

Surprisingly, Selfridge's confrontations with local attitudes fail consistently to set off any sparks.

Mar 30, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show is a bit like one of Selfridge's blustering speeches: lots of flash with little sentiment behind it.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

I thought Mr Selfridge was ridden with flaws, ranging from the story to the dialogue to Piven's performance in the title role.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

If Piven gets to portray the man coming apart as well as he's shown us the shop coming together, the prizes should be his for the taking.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

I've rarely seen an actor bring such energy to a role from the outset. It was like a pair of hands had burst out of the screen and gripped your head while a voice yelled, 'You ain't going nowhere buddy!"

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

This is polished, lavish, enjoyable period stuff. You can sit back and relax and not expect anyone to die suddenly without warning -- only a minor altercation in the ladies glove department.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Selfridge: Season 1

I’ll put this simply: don’t waste your time.

I began watching Mr. Selfridge with high hopes to be wooed. Most of the minor/other characters did engage me in their believable performances which come to life and are far more interesting than Mr. Selfridge himself. It is unfortunate that each time Jeremy Piven is on screen as Mr. Selfridge he seems quite uncomfortable with his lines and smiles (which could be confused as grimaces). There's little to no range to Mr. Selfridge's personality. His expressions of pain, anger, and joy seem to be all the same. Little to nothing that Mr. Selfridge says comes across as credible or believable. Is Piven a genius? Did he want to portray Selfridge as slimey huckster?

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