Sundays, Beginning March 31 at 9:00 p.m. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Based on the life of colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the new eight-part series is created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies ("Pride and Prejudice," "Bleak House"). Also starring are Frances O’Connor ("Madame Bovary"), Aisling Loftus ("Page Eight"), Zoe Tapper ("Zen"), Amanda Abbington ("Case Histories"), and Samuel West ("Any Human Heart"). Who knew shopping could be like this!
Go Behind the Scenes...
Get your first look at MASTERPIECE's sumptuous new drama, Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven. Piven, the cast, producers and creator take you inside the opulent world of Mr. Selfridge.
Fancy window displays, cosmetics counters, merchandise you can touch, and other marketing
breakthroughs had to start somewhere, and they sprang from the genius of Chicago native
Selfridge, who combined guile, taste, boldness, the poise of a swindler, and the seductive charm
of a Casanova—qualities that spelled success but also trouble. Whatever the latest sensation, Harry hitches his star to it. Truly, in his personal life, as in his business, he is addicted to the sensational—
which creates exciting complications for all concerned.
Profile: Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven stars as the upstart American who taught the English how to shop on
Mr. Selfridge, a new eight-part series premiering on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC on March 31.
Piven recently talked about his first television role since playing Ari Gold in the hit series
“I remember exactly where I was when my agent told me about Mr. Selfridge,” recalls the
award-winning American actor. “I was fascinated and blown away by the story of this true
pioneer and a role that’s rare to come by, whether it’s stage, film or TV.”
“He was a pioneer in every sense of the word. You have this American at the turn of the
century coming over here and
“It’s a great role and a story many people won’t know. Growing up myself in Chicago and
going to Marshall Field’s from the time I was a kid, my family has a real history with
Chicago. So I had a sense of where this guy came from. There are so many parallels. I’m an
American, also from Chicago, making my way in this new series in unchartered territory.
Harry Selfridge is a showman and likes to be the center of attention, whereas I like to
disappear in a room and watch everyone else.”
Working in Britain was a big draw for Mr. Piven, best known for his Golden Globe® and
Emmy®-award winning role as Ari Gold in Entourage.
“I’ve been such a fan of the UK and their arts for a really long time. I studied there at the
National Theatre as part of an exchange program and got the chance to see plays every night,
including Dame Judi Dench and Sir Anthony Hopkins on stage. So I already knew how high
the level of acting was over there. But actually, working on Mr. Selfridge has exceeded my