Jeremy Piven Closes Up Shop in the Series Finale of “Mr. Selfridge”

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15 May 2016
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Mr. Selfridge
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“Mr. Selfridge”
Series Finale Sunday, May 22 at 10pm ET on PBS
 (Check local listings)

 
          The clock nears closing time as mercantile genius Harry Selfridge has faced creditors, swindlers, mob bosses, irate relatives, and spurned mistresses with the farewell episode of Mr. Selfridge. Stars three-time Emmy® winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as the man who revolutionized the world’s retail experience.

          In the series finale, Harry bets his last chip on a desperate plea to his suppliers, but he finds there is sometimes no going back. Even in the darkest of times, the show must go on, and with a faithful staff by his side, London’s king of retail may manage to have the last word.
 
          Since the premiere season in 2013, Mr. Selfridge has wowed audiences and critics alike, much as the original Harry Gordon Selfridge did with his trend-setting, taboo-busting palace of commerce, Selfridge & Co., which opened in 1909 on London’s Oxford Street. Shopping has never been the same since.
 
          Now Mr. Selfridge follows the unpredictable arc of Harry’s career to its thrilling climax, charting the fate of the showman with the big heart, shaky morals, and dogged belief that the dice roll will save him—and the store—every time.
 
          Making new trouble for Harry this season were Jimmy Dillon (played by Sacha Dhawan, The History Boys), an Anglo-Indian entrepreneur specializing in too-good-to-pass-up business deals; press magnate Lord Wynnstay (Robert Pugh, Game of Thrones), who exploits Harry’s shocking private life to sell newspapers; and the blonde bombshells of their era, Dolly sisters Rosie and Jennie (Emma Hamilton, The Tudors, and Zoe Richards, How to Become a Criminal Mastermind), the American twin dancers who appeal to Harry’s wicked streak.
 
          The returning cast included Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street) as seductive Lady Mae, creating fashion and passion in the new season; Amanda Abbington (Sherlock) as Josie Mardle, once again confronting former lover Mr. Grove, played by Tom Goodman-Hill (Case Histories); Ron Cook (Little Dorrit) as hard-headed store CFO, Mr. Crabb, who has had to loosen his business ethics a bit; and Trystan Gravelle (Anonymous) as Victor Colleano, now running the swankiest club in London.
 
          Also back for the final season were Amy Beth Hayes (The Syndicate) and Samuel West (Any Human Heart) as the career-conflicted couple, Kitty and Frank Edwards; and Greg Austin (Law and Order: UK) as Harry’s ambitious but clear-thinking son, Gordon, heir to the family business and determined to put a new gloss on the family name.
 
          Based on Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead, “Mr. Selfridge” has offered more than a grain of truth in this final season. The Dolly sisters, a business partner named Jimmy, the gamble on a failing London emporium, heightening father-son rivalry, and Harry’s deepening financial hole are right there in the history books—along with his irrepressible American optimism and favorite saying: “There’s no fun like work!”

 
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