Mr. Selfridge: Season 2

  • Much has changed since Selfridge's first opened its doors. Five years later, Europe is on the brink of war and London is enjoying one last defiant period of hedonism and decadence. Having rocked the retail world with his pioneering new store, Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) now has his sights set on joining the establishment and rebuilding his family life. His desperate attempts to win back estranged wife Rose (Frances O'Connor) are hindered by her friendship with Delphine Day, the daring and extravagant owner of a fashionable London nightclub. Tensions are also running high on the shop floor as Agnes is back from Paris, chic and successful. Not everyone is thrilled by her newfound confidence and by the sudden reappearance of her old ally Henri Leclair, who has mysteriously returned from America.

    Bonus Features include:
    Creating the look - interviews with cast and crew including Frances O'Connor (Rose Selfridge) and Gregory Fitoussi (Henri Leclair).
    The Era - interviews with cast and crew including Jeremey Piven.
    Styling Mr. Selfridge - interviews with cast and crew including Katherine Kelly (Lady Mae Loxley).

    S2, Ep1
    Five years have elapsed since the store opened. Harry's son Gordon is at boarding school but obtains his father's permission to leave and work in the store whilst all his female relatives have returned to America. However Rose comes back for the fifth anniversary. On the boat over she has met emancipated feminist Delphine Day, a writer and night-club owner, who advises her to use her own potential. Lady Mae's husband Lord Loxley arrives in London, suspicious of his wife's friendship with Harry and not above using blackmail to get onto a military committee.

    S2, Ep2
    Harry is confronted by a delegation of trade unionists led by Arnold Huxton, demanding better workers' rights. Union membership is forbidden at the store as the staff have their own council for debates but Ed and Dave, who work in the loading bay with Gordon, are interested and arrange to attend a talk given by Huxton. Gordon overhears and sneaks into the meeting but when the Selfridge staff learn how comparatively well- served they are the unionists are angry and a fight ensues.

    S2, Ep3
    The store is preparing for the Empire Exhibition but Agnes is struggling with her display and Thackeray is not pleased when Harry reinstates Henri, who has offered to help her. Nor is Rose happy to find Gordon has some saucy photos but in the resultant confrontation he makes her see that she should give Harry another chance. Consequently she declines her husband's suggestion that she should return to America if there is a war and they agree to support each other.

    S2, Ep4
    Male staff are anxious to enlist in the army, gaining the nickname the Selfridge Brigade. Agnes is upset to learn that brother George has joined up but cannot prevent him whilst Victor is about to sign up but his uncle Gio is dying and asks him to stay and look after the family. Rose, Lady Mae and Delphine hold a charity sale to raise funds for Belgian refugees, taking place in the store's Palm Court restaurant. This leads to a confrontation between Thackeray, angry that a donation tin is put on his counter, and Henri but Harry has now appointed Henri his deputy.

    S2, Ep5
    At Neuhaus's suggestion Miss Mardle takes in Belgian refugees, including handsome young violinist Florian Dupont. Agnes is asked out by Victor, now running the family restaurant following Uncle Gio's death and Gabriella's return to Italy. Gordon feels guilty that his friends are fighting in the war whilst Harry will not allow him to sign up and women are recruited to take over delivery work at the store, Rose becoming their champion when she demands better conditions for them. Delphine arranges a meeting for Harry with members of the military procurement board - ...

    S2, Ep6
    As the war progresses German goods are withdrawn from the store and Harry is approached by Bill Summertime, whom he met at the cards session, and who is part of British Intelligence. He asks if Harry, as an American neutral, will visit Germany as a spy. Henri bumps into Agnes, whilst she is waiting for Victor. Things are strained between them but she tells Henri that Victor is a good man. A party including Henri and Agnes and Miss Mardle and Florian attend the music hall and see popular singer Richard Chapman.

    S2, Ep7
    Henri is arrested but tells Agnes that the only reason he went to Germany was to find his old lover Valerie. Agnes tells Grove she believes Henri has been set up by the jealous Thackeray, who is forced to admit it. Henri is released but, after being accused of theft in New York, goes on the run. Rose is concerned that she cannot get in touch with Harry and learns from Delphine that he is in Germany, spying on their manufacturers. An envious Grove warns Miss Mardle that she and Florian could become victims of gossip but she does not care.

    S2, Ep8
    Harry returns to London with information for Summertime but is angry that he will not support him in the face of accusations of treachery and talks to the staff to reassure them that Edwards' newspaper story about him was a lie. Edwards is genuinely contrite and agrees to print a letter from Harry telling the truth but the editor refuses. Following the bad publicity business is poor until Delphine brings American film producer Mack Sennett and his actress lover Mabel Normand to the store. They throw a lavish party where Mabel gets young Gordon very drunk.

    S2, Ep9
    Business is still suffering after the newspaper story so Henri brings in the formidable journalist Winifred Bonfils Black. At the same time a contrite Frank Edwards resigns from the paper and meets Lady Mae, who tells him and Harry that she knows Loxley blackmailed Edgerton and is the real culprit. Harry invites her and Pimble to live with the Selfridges, reconciling Mae with Rose, and they unite against Loxley when he storms in to drag his wife back.

    S2, Ep10
    Josie Mardle tells Florian she believes she is too old for him and that she has arranged an audition with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester. The boy is heart-broken but surprisingly it is Grove who apologizes to her and persuades her that she should make a go of the relationship. Agnes and Victor give Harry notice as they are leaving to run the restaurant together. Henri is also quitting to go to France and fight in the army. Agnes, Victor, Franco and George look around the restaurant but Agnes has her misgivings as to whether it is what she wants, given that her ... .

    Series Directed by
    Anthony Byrne ... (5 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Rob Evans ... (5 episodes, 2014)
    Michael Keillor ... (3 episodes, 2013)
    Lawrence Till ... (3 episodes, 2014)
    Jon Jones ... (2 episodes, 2013)
    John Strickland ... (2 episodes, 2013)

    Series Writing Credits
    Andrew Davies ... (creator) (10 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Kate Brooke ... (8 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Lindy Woodhead ... (8 episodes, 2013- 2014)
    Kate O'Riordan ... (6 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Dan Sefton ... (3 episodes, 2014)

    Series Cast
    Aisling Loftus ... Agnes Towler (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Ron Cook ... Mr. Crabb (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Amy Beth Hayes ... Kitty (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Frances O'Connor ... Rose Selfridge (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Tom Goodman-Hill ... Mr. Grove (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Grégory Fitoussi ... Henri Leclair (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Trystan Gravelle ... Victor (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Katherine Kelly ... Lady Mae (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Lee Moulds ... Sales Assistant (20 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Jeremy Piven ... Harry Selfridge (19 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Amanda Abbington ... Miss Mardle (19 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Malcolm Rennie ... Fraser (19 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Samuel West ... Frank Edwards (19 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Calum Callaghan ... George Towler (14 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Lauren Crace ... Doris (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Deborah Cornelius ... Miss Blenkinsop (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Kika Markham ... Lois Selfridge (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
    Poppy Lee Friar ... Rosalie Selfridge (12 episodes, 2013-2014)