Series 3 to tell the story of “a rollercoaster ride that ended rather tragically”
ITV has confirmed the news we reported back in January – that Mr Selfridge has been commissioned for a third series, following an averaging audience of 6.4 million viewers for series 2.
Filming will begin in April on ten new episodes of the period drama which stars American actor Jeremy Piven as the charismatic American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, famous for Selfridges department stores.
The third series will focus on the rise fall of this colourful but troubled man, with Kate Brooke (Ice Cream Girls, Making of a Lady) returning as the lead writer working alongside Kate O’Riordan (The Bad Mother’s Handbook, The Kindness of Strangers) and Helen Raynor (Baker Boys, Doctor Who). Lindy Woodhead, author of Shopping Seduction and Mr Selfridge, will continue her role as advisor on retail history.
Kate Lewis, executive producer for ITV Studios said: “We have some surprises in store for an audience in this third series. You only have to walk down Oxford St today to know that Selfridges Department Store continued to be successful, but for its founder, Harry Selfridge, things were very different. His story was a rollercoaster ride that ended rather tragically. We pick up Series 3 in 1919, the point at which his life really begins to unravel.”
The series will be produced by Dominic Barlow (The Mill, The Crash, Garrow’s Law), and executive produced by Kate Lewis (Lightfields, Vera, Marchlands) for ITV Studios alongside Kate Brooke and Kate O’Riordan whilst Rebecca Eaton executive produces for WGBH.
Filming of Mr Selfridge Series 3 will take place on location in Greater London with a lavish replica of the 1909 Selfridge’s shop floor being recreated in a former carpet warehouse. The exterior of the store will be filmed in the historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent.