The Throwback Tuesday weekly post is a opportunity for me to revisit the good, cheesy, forgotten or essential parts of music, film, tv and books from my childhood, the past few years or the generations/eras/works of art that have influenced my life in some way.
On this week’s Throwback Tuesday I’m venturing into the world of TV. I watch a lot of TV, not as much as some people but a fair amount. There is nothing I like better at night than tuning into the latest episode of my favourite programme, watching a documentary, having a laugh to a comedy show or sticking a box set on and seeing how many episodes I can watch before my bed is calling me, fyi it’s usually 3 pathetic I know.
With the recent return of Mr Selfridge and it’s second series set 5 years later I thought it would be a nice idea to have a bit of a lookback on series 1 and when it all began. If your memory is as bad as mine there will be forgotten parts, characters and plot lines. The basic premise is Harry Selfridge played by Jeremy Piven, a successful American business man comes over to London and opens a department store that goes on to be one of the most famous in the world, Selfridges. It follows Harry’s trails, tribulations and successes of opening the store but also his family life and his penchant for drink, gambling and women.
But though Harry may be the main character, it is a show about Mr Selfridge after all, there is just as much emphasis on the other characters. Like the love triangle between shop floor worker Agnes Toweller, restaurant worker Vincent Colleano and French shop window dresser extraordinaire Henri Leclair. Then there is the secret affair between Mr Grove and Miss Mardle, played by the brilliant Amanda Abbington and let’s not forget the wonderful Lady Mae Loxley played by Yorkshire’s very own Katherine Kelly.
Made up of a wonderful cast and so beautifully shot, the attention to detail, costumes and set wise, really creates a perfect atmosphere and a truly believable Victorian store. It may seem on the outset like a TV show just about a man who opened a shop and I guess at it’s basics it is but what makes it all the more enjoyable, watchable and interesting is that it is just as much about what happens outside the store as what happens inside the store and it is just as much about the workers in the store as it is about the owner of the store and his family.
So far series 2 has been brilliant and I’m excited to see where they take these next few shows through the first World War and how that changes dynamics and develops characters. As long as it doesn’t become as farsical and unbelieveable as Downton Abbey [soz Downton but you are just not as good as you were] then Mr Selfridge is surely set for another series at least, it would be a huge shame and a massive loss to my TV viewing if not.
Whether you are as up to date as I am with Mr Selfridge or you’ve never watched a second of it, check out the trailer for the first season below: