ITV has officially released the first trailer for popular period drama Mr. Selfridge and, if this clip is anything to go by, the new season is going to be quite a bit darker than its predecessors.
The drama is inspired by the story of charismatic American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, whose famous department store in London’s Oxford Street changed shopping forever. (If you missed any of the drama up to this point, or need your memory refreshed on what happened - we recapped both Series 1 and Series 2. So go read up.)
Series 3 has jumped forward in time again, and will take place in 1919, just after the end of World War I. As was hinted at last season, Harry Selfridge has lost his beloved wife Rose, and his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he continues to spiral after her death.
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Harry comes back from his Not at All Sekrit Trip to Germany and discovers he’s getting blasted in the English press over the fact that Vile Loxley’s government committe allegedly sold the army poor quality boots on his recommendation. Harry and Agnes join forces to track down Henri’s irritating French ex-girlfriend Valerie, who clears him of embezzlement charges so he can be set free. Henri helpfully used his time in jail to realize he’s into Agnes, who’s busy getting ready to marry Victor. Delphine, who remains the worst friend ever, convinces some obnoxious American film stars to come shop in Selfridges so Harry can feel like a special snowflake. Vile Loxley tries to get Mae to come back to him and she tells him she wants a divorce. She also tries to make things right with Harry, who responds by (awesomely) throwing her out of his house.
How are we already at the season finale? How? At least it’s an extended episode, but still. Anyway, lots to talk about! Onward!
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: An entire episode in which Harry Selfridge did not appear happened! However, there was still a lot of drama to be had. Henri has been arrested, because someone turned him in to the police as a spy, but it turns out he’s also a wanted man in America To the shock of zero people, Loxley’s crime-infested military suppliers turn out to be shady, and scandal ensues when the army ends up with shoddy boots. Loxley blames Harry, who can’t defend himself because he’s on a secret mission to Germany. Miss Mardle, whose hairstyle is deeply troubling at this point, discovers that her attractive Belgian lodger has a thing for her. Mae decides she’s had enough waiting to become a statistic, SVU-style, and leaves her vile husband (but keeps her awesome ladies maid).
Well, we have a lot of stuff to deal with this week, huh?
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Harry got picked by the British intelligence service to go basically spy for them in Germany and had to vanish off on a secret mission without telling anyone. Except Delphine for some reason, who has suffered a complete collapse as a character and decided to basically throw herself at Harry because he is rich. Mae reminisces about her days as a showgirl with Alfie Boe, Victor proposes to Agnes and Henri gets arrested at a charity concert because someone’s reported him to the police as a spy.
Lots of stuff going on this week - and the biggest surprise? Star Jeremy Piven actually doesn't appear in this episode at all. Yeah, really.
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Women come to work physical labor jobs at Selfridges and everyone (read: Grove) freaks out about it. Rose, who is fast becoming the most awesome person on this show, steps in to handle everyone’s wardrobe difficulties as the men seem to become vaguely faint at the mention of corsets. Oh, and also she’s apparently a crack shot, who knew. Miss Mardle’s plan to take in Belgian refuges in her massive new house seems to mean take in one random Belgian refugee who accidentally turns out to be a young attractive man. Thackeray gets suspicious about Henri’s national pride because he hates him and subsequently stalks him all over the place. Victor decides to take over his recently deceased uncle’s restaurant and finally gets the nerve to ask Agnes out. Oh, and Harry gets invited to a posh card game staffed by government employees and has an awkward public spat with Vile Loxley. But that doesn’t matter because he’s gotten the attention of a mysterious government minister we’ve never seen before.
Fingers crossed something interesting actually happens in this episode, huh? Onward.
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: A massacre in Belgium has all the Selfridge’s boys itching to enlist, and Harry promises that their jobs will be there for them when they com home. Rose, Delphine and Mae join forces to co-chair a successful chocolate sale for the benefit of Belgian refugees and we learn that Miss Mardle apparently needs a twelve-step group for her chocolate-related feelings. Henri agrees to come back to work for Harry for six months, but definitely has something weird going on on the side. George Towler excitedly enlists in a burst of national pride; Victor tries to do the same, only to have his plans derail when his Uncle Joe dies. Lord Loxley is a vile criminal, to the surprise of no one. Harry and Rose work on fixing their marriage, and are oddly adorable together, possibly for the first time in the show’s history.
Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Harry continues his campaign to convince Rose he’s a changed man. Mr. Grove finally gets into a spot of trouble for being late all the time. Loxley uses Selfridge to find out information he can use to help his political aspirations; Mae gets the lock on her bedroom changed. Edwards and Kitty go on a date, because this show hates me. Selfridge and Henri get their bromance back on track, and Henri comes back to the store to help Agnes stage the big display of national pride that is the Empire Exhibition. However, the store celebrations are called off when news arrives that Germany has declared war on France, and England finds itself at war soon after.
Time for another week of drama! Let's get right into it.
Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Time has passed, and Selfridges is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Harry’s had great personal success with the store but his personal life’s a mess. Rose has (thankfully) found a backbone and made a new best friend in Delphine, who owns a scandalous nightclub. Lady Mae’s husband arrives in town, and he’s walking cliché of snotty attitude and spousal abuse. And staff changes abound at the store: Agnes has returned from school in Paris, Victor manages the Palm Court, there’s a bitchy new Head of Fashion, and Dreamy Henri’s back in London, sporting a very Derelicte new fashion sense.
Lots to digest in this week’s episode –for both good (Henri!) and ill (any scene involving Mae’s husband). Also it appears I must apologize for spending the entirety of last week spelling the Loxleys’ name wrong. Apparently my teenage obsession with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has determined that I must always spell it Locksley, at least until someone points out my error. But, enough of that: on with the show!
Guys, we’re back! Shopping drama Mr. Selfridge returns for what I must presume is another season of random inspirational speeches, poor relationship choices, impromptu appearances from random historical figures, and posh outfits. Admittedly, I was not the biggest fan of Selfridge when it premiered last year, but it really grew on me over the course of the season, mostly because it’s just fun to watch. I’m looking forward to another year of Patented Pep Talks, dreamy Henri, and Lady Mae glaring at everything, so let’s just jump right in.
While the second season of popular department store drama Mr. Selfridge hasn’t even aired in the US yet – and actually hasn’t finished screening in the UK yet either – fans everywhere can rest easy in the knowledge that Series 2 won’t be our last trip to the store.
Selfridge has officially gotten the green light for a third season, despite the fact that the ITV drama has struggled a bit in the ratings opposite the BBC’s Sunday night adventure drama The Musketeers. It’s still averaging around six million viewers a week, however, which is probably why it scored a renewal. Well, that and the fact that it’s also been quite successful with international audiences, particularly here in the US on Masterpiece.
''We're delighted to commission a third series of 'Mr Selfridge',” said ITV Head of Drama Steve Novemberin a press release. “It's been very pleasing to see how the audience have reacted to 'Mr Selfridge' and the vibrant and inspirational world the production team have created.''
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