Jeremy Piven will lead the cast as the American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, in a new drama Mr Selfridge, about the life of the flamboyant founder of Selfridges department store, being produced by ITV Studios for ITV1.
Created by multi-award winning writer Andrew Davies, Mr Selfridge tells the story of ‘Mile a Minute Harry’, a man with a mission to make shopping as thrilling as sex. Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, he created a theatre of retail where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining - or sometimes just eccentric - was showcased.
Jeremy Piven is joined in the cast by award-winning ex-Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly as the confident and alluring socialite Lady Mae, whose connections prove vital for Harry as he builds his empire.
Also starring is Frances O'Connor who will play Harry’s wife Rose, acclaimed French actor Gregory Fitoussi from TV thriller Spiral as Henri Leclair, Harry’s flamboyant creative director.
Young rising star Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers, Dive) will play shop assistant Agnes, Trystan Gravelle ladies’ man Victor, the Assistant Manager at Selfridges in-store restaurant, and Zoe Tapper (Desperate Romantics) plays a celebrated stage entertainer, Ellen Love, who becomes the new ‘face’ of Selfridges.
The drama is set in London in 1909, at a time when women were revelling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his lavish department store, on London’s famous Oxford Street.
Based upon the book Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by author Lindy Woodhead which is the account of the real life story of Harry Gordon Selfridge and his store, the ten x 60 minute episodes series will go into production in April in London for transmission on ITV1 during 2013.