Mr. Selfridge recounts the real life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's lavish department store. Set in 1909 London, when women were reveling in a new sense of freedom and modernity, it follows Harry Gordon Selfridge ('Mile a Minute Harry'), a man with a mission to make shopping as thrilling as sex. Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, Harry created a theater of retail where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining - or just eccentric - was showcased. (Source: ITV)
Harry offers his support after a situation effects Selfridge’s staff and Mardle tries to maintain composure but finds it hard with the weight of her secret. Victor receivs a isit from Regan to make sure that business is running to plan. George lets it be known that he disapproves of the illegal backstage gambling. Harry decides to take Nancy out and takes her to to a deserted Selfridge’s and gifts her with an expensive bottle of perfume. They the drink champagne in the moonlight at the Palm Court. Nancy is shocked after Harry admits to her that he’s no longer the outright owner of the store.
Violette is put under house arrest by Harry following the police raid at Colleano’s. In an effort to keep her out of trouble, he is able to get her to agree to help Nancy with plans for the Selfridge Estate. Harry finds himself being forced to sell 5% of his shareholding in Selfridge’s. Crabb is concerned that he will no longer own the majority stake in the store. Gordon gets ready for his first day as Deputy Manager and Grove is happy after he is besieged by warring women on the store floor. Victor is backed into a corner by Purkiss who demands more money than he can afford.