Watched the first couple of episodes of ‘Mr. Selfridge’, the British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his London department store Selfridge & Co, produced by ITV Studios for ITV and PBS. It began airing on 6 January 2013 in the United Kingdom and March 31, 2013 in the United States.
An adaptation of Lindy Woodhead’s biography “Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge”, the show is set in in Edwardian times and pays amazing attention to detail with its period dress and sets. The show’s exploration of mores at the turn of the last century also makes for intriguing, sometimes amusing viewing.
Where the show falls down for me personally is in the casting of the lead character Jeremy Piven as Mr. Selfridge. He seems to be playing a stereotype or caricature of a brash turn of the last century American businessman and as of yet has yet to convince me the character is a ‘real’ person. The show also seems to be headed down the same ‘period soap opera’ street that put me off Downton Abbey. I haven’t given up on it just yet, but at this point the prognosis is not good . . .