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Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge: (Episode 1)

Masterpiece Classic

It's 1908 and Chicago born Harry Selfridge has arrived in London with a grand plan - to open the biggest and finest department store the world has ever seen. As the pressure builds on Harry to get the store up and running, obstacles continue to mount as well. A frosty reception from the British press, a business partner pulling out at the last minute, an ever-growing staff already on the payroll, and a wife and family arriving from the States - all serve to add stress to the situation. As opening day approaches, Harry pulls out all the stops to achieve his dream, at whatever the cost.

When Selfridge's finally opens, it is missing something - customers. Harry is worried, and knows he needs to capture the imagination of London to get some much-needed publicity. Ellen Love, "The Spirit of Selfridge's," herself gives Harry an idea. He decides he must get the first airplane to cross the Channel and its aviator into the store for a grand exhibition. Will Harry's high-flying ambitions be realized or will his dream crash before it ever gets off the ground?

Premiered in UK as Series I: Episodes 1 and 2


Episode Info


Episode number: 43x8
Production Number: 4308
Airdate: Sunday March 31st, 2013
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Director: Jon Jones (1)
Writer: Andrew Davies

Alternate Airdates:

United Kingdom Jan 06, 2013 (Premiere!)

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)

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Starring Roles
Jeremy Piven
As Harry Gordon Selfridge
Recurring
Aisling Loftus
As Agnes Towler
Recurring
Samuel West
As Frank Edwards
Recurring
Kika Markham
As Lois Selfridge
Recurring
Frances O'Connor
As Rose Selfridge
Recurring
Ron Cook
As Mr. Crabb
Recurring
Tom Goodman-Hill
As Mr. Grove
Recurring
Amanda Abbington
As Miss Mardle
Recurring
Zoe Tapper
As Ellen Love
Recurring
Katherine Kelly
As Lady Mae
Recurring
Grégory Fitoussi
As Henri LeClair
Recurring
Trystan Gravelle
As Victor
Recurring
Oliver Jackson Cohen
As Roddy
Recurring
Nick Moran
As Reg Towler
Recurring

Guest Stars
Shaughan Seymour
As Floorwalker
Recurring
Malcolm Rennie
As Fraser
Recurring
Adam Wilson (2)
As Gordon Selfridge
Recurring
Poppy Lee Friar
As Rosalie Selfridge
Recurring
Freya Wilson
As Violette Selfridge
Recurring
Raffey Cassidy
As Beatrice Selfridge
Recurring
Deborah Cornelius
As Miss Blenkinsop
Recurring
Pippa Haywood
As Miss Bunting
Recurring
Timothy Watson
As Mr. Perez
Recurring
Kim Barry
As Mrs Payne
Recurring
Calum Callaghan
As George Towler
Recurring
Will Payne
As Tony Travers
Recurring
Tim Woodward (1)
As Musker
Recurring
Lauren Crace
As Doris
Recurring
Amy Beth Hayes
As Kitty
Recurring
Alexander Cobb
As Sam
Recurring
Christian Patterson
As Alf
Recurring
Rebecca Tanwen
As Mildred
Ian Gelder
As Waring
Angeline Ball
As Mrs. Worthington
Orlando Seale
As Blériot
Main Cast
Laura Linney
As Host - Masterpiece Classic
Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerKate Lewis (1)  |  Andrew Davies
ProducerChrissy Skinns  |  Jeremy Piven
Production DesignerRob Harris (1)
EditorChristopher Barwell
MusicCharlie Mole
Costume DesignerJames Keast
GripTony Sankey
Camera OperatorXandy Sahla
Set DecoratorSophia Chowdhury
Location ManagerRupert Bray
Script SupervisorJudy Gayton
Production CoordinatorDonna Mabey
GafferStuart King
Director of PhotographyGavin Finney
Art DirectorJo Riddell
Sound RecordistGrant Bridgeman
ChoreographerJane Gibson
Boom OperatorSarah Howe
Production AccountantAndy Hill (1)
Best BoyRussell Tann
Graphic DesignerGeorgina Millett
Unit ManagerDuncan Laing
Focus PullerAshley Bond
Standby Art DirectorSophia Stapleton
Assistant Location ManagerChris Sheriff
Script ExecutiveSiobhan Finnigan
1st Assistant DirectorGuy De Glanville
3rd Assistant DirectorSophie Dear
Executive Producer - MasterpieceRebecca Eaton
Hair & Make - Up DesignerKonnie Daniel
2nd Assistant DirectorAlex Streeter
 
Warning: Masterpiece season 43 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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