Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration
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MR. SELFRIDGE: A CELEBRATION highlights the first two seasons of the popular Mr. Selfridge series and offers a sneak peek at Season Three. It Features behind-the-scenes footage and key interviews with the actors and production personnel integral to the series.

The award-winning series is the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, a flamboyant American entrepreneur who became a department store magnate and exclaimed: “We are going to show the world how to make shopping thrilling!” Mr. Selfridge is deliciously enjoyable not only for its magnificent Edwardian style and focus on class, fashion, and feminism, but for its compelling intrigue and love affairs. These liaisons, including the troubled marriage of Harry and Rose Selfridge (Frances O’Connor) and the intriguingly chaste triangle of Agnes (Aisling Loftus), Victor (Trystan Gravelle), and Henri LeClair (Grégory Fitoussi), have drawn and held a loyal audience. So, too, have the dramatic explorations of the evolving roles of women at the turn of the 20th century. As Harry Selfridge encourages the shift of female employees into jobs traditionally held by men, a number of interesting subplots seem to be blooming for Season Three.

Structured around three themes, MR. SELFRIDGE: A CELEBRATION begins with “Mr. Selfridge: Behind the Counters,” a look back over the first two seasons of the series, providing both a broad overview and a fun review of the plot and characters to bring old and new fans up to date. “The Women of Mr. Selfridge” looks at all the intriguing female characters in this wonderful period drama and explores their relationship to the store, their beaus and, of course, Mr. Selfridge himself. And “Love, Intrigue & Shopping!” will look into the various dalliances, affairs of the heart, and raw power plays frequently found in the series — all set against the background of London’s groundbreaking retail establishment.