Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge
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Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge

Premieres Sunday, March 31 at 9:00 p.m.

Who knew shopping could be like this? Jeremy Piven stars as the upstart American who taught the English how to shop in “Mr. Selfridge,” a sumptuous new series that airs through May 19.

Three-time Emmy-winner Piven portrays Harry Selfridge, father of the famed London store that bears his name and which opened to astonishment in 1909.

Set in 1909 London, when women were reveling in a new sense of freedom and modernity, "Mr. Selfridge" 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.

Top photo: Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge.
At right, from top: Harry Selfridge and just a few of the women in his life.
Frances O'Connor as Rose Selfridge.
Aisling Loftus as shopgirl Agnes.