Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Mr Selfridge enters its sophomore season a slick and undemanding soap opera gift-wrapped with handsome production values, but viewer will likely remain split over Jeremy Piven's anachronistic performance.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 19, 2014
2
Air date: Jan 26, 2014
3
Air date: Feb 2, 2014
4
Air date: Feb 9, 2014
5
Air date: Feb 16, 2014
6
Air date: Feb 23, 2014
7
Air date: Mar 2, 2014
8
Air date: Mar 9, 2014
9
10
Air date: May 18, 2014

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Series 2 of the period drama picks up in 1914 as the posh Selfridge & Co. department store in London celebrates its fifth anniversary and Europe faces the prospect of war. It begins with proprietor Harry Gordon Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) anxious for the return of his estranged wife Rose (Frances O'Connor) from America; and continues with plenty of war-related stories. Many of the store's male employees are quick to enlist, of course, and Harry himself helps the war effort by travelling to Germany on a secret mission for the British government. The latter undertaking is consumed by a public-relations nightmare, however, when he's accused of providing shoddy equipment to the British troops. Other storylines include the arrival in London of Lord Loxley (Aidan McArdle), the ruthless husband of Lady Mae (Katherine Kelly); the arrest of Leclair (Grégory Fitoussi) as a spy; Miss Mardle (Amanda Abbington) taking in a lodger; and Rose facing serious health issues.

Cast

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
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Selfridge Season 2

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Providing much corseted fun was ITV's department store drama Mr Selfridge, in which the First World War has just begun.

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mr Selfridge isn't the sort of production to risk letting its viewers miss the point. Equally, it's a drama that's more comfortable the less seriously it takes itself.

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

All of this is just lovely, except for one thing: Jeremy Piven returns in the lead role. He has the range of a circus barker.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The mood feels a little darker this year. Imminent world war can have that effect. But if things are a bit worse for the characters, they feel a little better for the rest of us.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While Mr. Selfridge has the sumptuous early twentieth-century costumes and production design familiar from previous British-made fare... its star, Jeremy Piven, is stubbornly contemporary, a walking digital download in a roomful of harpsichords.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

[Polly Walker is] a sparky and welcome addition to the cast although it's unclear this early on which of the Selfridges she is most likely to lead astray.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

If the second series of Mr Selfridge is not intended as commentary on pre-war sexism, classism and ageism then writers Andrew Davies and Kate Brooke have done a fine job at pretending otherwise.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The second go-around for Harry Selfridge and the commerce gang reeks of desperation, eschewing thoughtful, significant conflicts to become a turn-of-the-century Days of Our Lives.

May 10, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Mr Selfridge re-established its reputation as Downton's racier cousin with the introduction of two intriguing new characters, both well calculated to upset the delicate balance of pre-war society.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

For each main character there is a new turning point caused by war and economic troubles. Credit Emmy-winning writer Andrew Davies for consistent plot surprises and twists.

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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