|Grégory Fitoussi||Henri Leclair||Main|
|Lauren Crace||Doris Millar||Recurring|
|Anna Madeley||Irene Ravillious||Main|
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Hes also a doting father, son and husband, but though he adores his wife, Rose (Frances OConnor), he cant seem to stay faithful.
Extras? Each season has a behind-the-scenes feature on characters and design for the show and there are a couple of shorter bits on the female characters and the real Selfridge and an interview with Piven.
The sets and costumes are worth watching for alone, but the acting and characters are also engaging, which keeps it from being just eye candy.
There are some serious financial snags, but when he seeks the help of the influential Lady Mae (Katherine Kelly), things get up and running.
I guess I no longer can avoid bringing up Lady May Loxley? She was my favourite in season one because this was a lady with spunk in a man dominated world, where the women were made out of porcelain and cheated on. She had many people’s fates in her hands. She could make them go out of fashion, or she could make them into a success. Rich, beautiful, ruthless, connected, but also with a good sense of right and wrong. She has gone through a total personality change in season two. She is a scared, submissive, coward of a wife, to Lord Loxley, who suddenly has appeared on the scene to become a war profiteer. Seeing him, it does not make sense that she would EVER have dared to cheat on him or buy a single thing for herself. He hits her, he rapes her, he is generally unpleasant to everyone, and while she in the end of the season runs out on him, it still doesn’t make up for her more than wet noodle performance during the entire season. She lets Rose know what a person Delphine Day is and tells Harry what Delphine’s plans for him are, but that is the only part of the old Lady Loxley we get to see. Big disappointment in other words.
3-4 years have gone by since season one ended and it certainly has brought on changes in the personnel. Mr. Grove got the young, fertile wife he wanted and she sure has bred. Three daughters in three years and while men had nothing to do with the upbringing of children in 1914, Mr. Grove gets to work late and his office looks like a zeppelin has dropped a bomb on it, and what is his excuse? Having so many children. Boo Hoo, who feels sorry for him? Not me! Nor wonderful Josie Mardle for sure. Noone, asked him to marry the pretty little bimbo! And a man who suggests that his mistress stays his mistress, right after marrying the young fertile Doris, deserves a hell at home without sleep, financial difficulties and a whining wife. At the end of the season, he has added to the brood, with a son, like it will give him more sleep?!
While Harry’s mother and his daughters do not enter the scene until the very end of episode ten, his son flirts with a young girl, which I guess is the one they intend to marry him off to, in season three?? Four? Five? A shop girl who he was not allowed to marry, so he kept the whole thing secret in real life. Hiding her in the suburbs while he lived an alternative life in the city, the sort of life his father encouraged.
To my horror, on Twitter, I have discovered via the actor Samuel West’s tweets, that they are filming, a third season of “Mr. Selfridge”. I say to my horror, because while I truly enjoyed the first season, and the history behind it, I have utterly and completely hated season two.
So, just like with terrible Jane Austen sequels, where only the characters carry the same names as she created so long ago, in her wonderful stories, but the names being the only similarity to her writings and their personalities and time period, not matching up what ever, so this series has nothing to do with the real Gordon Selfridge’s life nor the shop’s. WWI is the overall theme during season two, or should I say the first months of the war. Harry’s wife has come back to him but only in name. She wants nothing of him and is suddenly feminist numero uno. Her new best friend, Delphine Day, is a nightclub owner, who soon sees the opportunity of getting money for her doomed nightclub, if she can seduce Harry. So you get to see her pathetic attempts of catching Harry and of course ruining her friendship, that did not go that deep, with Rose. Rose soon falls for Harry’s charm and all is well in the bedroom again, till they suddenly introduce her illness in episode 9. I guess they did not understand that the Spanish flu killed in days or hours, not months! So for TV they have given her some other disease.
SPOILER: Mr Selfridge comforts a distressed Henri Leclair as they film scenes for ITV drama’s third series
It looks like the drama is set to continue on the third series of ITV’s Mr Selfridge.
Jeremy Piven (Mr Selfridge) and Gregory Fitoussi (Henri Leclair) were spotted as they filmed a tense scene in a London park that indicates things have not gone well for Mr Leclair.
Fans had been left with happy hearts at the end of the previous series as Mr Leclair declared his love for Agnes Towler, who had just ended her engagement to Victor Colleano.
Helping hand: Jeremy Piven (Mr Selfridge) and Gregory Fitoussi (Henri Leclair) were spotted as they filmed a tense scene in a London park on Monday
However, the timing of their romance did not come at the best time as the Frenchman had just signed up to fight in the Army.
The new series picks up with the beloved characters in 1919 and it looks like Mr Leclair has made it back safely from his time at war.
But all is not well as Fitoussi is seen running through the park followed closely by Piven. Fitoussi then crouches down by a tree trunk in a distressed state as Piven leans down and attempts to comfort him.
Intense: It looks like the drama is set to continue on the third series of ITV¿s Mr Selfridge as the pair filmed the strange moment
Come on pal: The new series picks up with the beloved characters in 1919 and it looks like Mr Leclair has made it back safely from his time at war
Hold on: But all is not well as Fitoussi (L) is seen running through the park followed closely by Piven (R)
The actors are once again dressed to the nines in their spectacular period costumes.
Piven wore a dapper black penguin suit teamed with a brown waistcoat, purple paisley tie and a lilac shirt.
His outfit was completed with black trousers and brogues while he accessorised with a gold pocket watch.
Distressed: Mr Selfridge is quick to action when it comes to helping his friend
Go away: The friendship between the character is one of the highlights of the show
Not leaving: Mr Leclair seems to be revealing his troubles
Of course, Piven kept his characters signature moustache and comb over hairstyle for the new scenes.
Meanwhile, Fitoussi looked equally dapper in a long black coat on top of a grey suit.
It was only announced in March that ITV had ordered a third series of the popular drama.
There there: The actors are once again dressed to the nines in their spectacular period costumes
Happy to help: The drama continues to give an insight into the life of the man who brought the world famous store Selfridges to London
Suited up: Piven wore a dapper black penguin suit teamed with a brown waistcoat, purple paisley tie and a lilac shirt
Executive producer for ITV studios, Kate Lewis said of the upcoming series: ‘You only have to walk down Oxford Street today to know that Selfridges Department Store continued to be successful, but for its founder, Harry Selfridge, things were very different.
‘His story was a rollercoaster ride that ended rather tragically. We pick up Series 3 in 1919, the point at which his life really begins to unravel.’
The drama will return to screens next Spring.
Quick break: The actor took a sip of water after one take
Limber up: Jeremy did a few stretches in between takes
Was Victor Colleano a real person?
Was Ellen love a real person?
Was Mr Selfridge a real person?