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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Mr. Selfridge

Airs Sundays, March 31 - May 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge.

Jeremy Piven (ENTOURAGE) stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Based on the life of colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the new eight-part series is created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, "Bleak House"). Also starring are Frances O’Connor ("Madame Bovary"), Aisling Loftus ("Page Eight"), Zoe Tapper ("Zen"), Amanda Abbington (CASE HISTORIES), and Samuel West ("Any Human Heart"). Who knew shopping could be like this!

Tweet Mr. Selfridge With Jeremy Piven

Join MASTERPIECE for a live Twitter event on Sunday, March 31, 2013, during the two-hour premiere of "Mr. Selfridge." You're welcome to join whenever you're watching, but from 9-11 p.m. Eastern time, PBS and MASTERPIECE insiders -- as well as actor Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Grove in "Mr. Selfridge") -- will be tweeting. And on the West Coast, star Jeremy Piven will join the conversation 9-11 p.m. Pacific time! Tag your posts with the hashtag #SelfridgePBS, using Twitter or your own favorite aggregator.

Live Chat With Jeremy Piven

In his first television role since ENTOURAGE, three-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Jeremy Piven stars as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the mercantile genius who shook up shopping in early 20th century London. Join actor Jeremy Piven for an exclusive MASTERPIECE online chat on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. PT. Find out more about the celebrated actor and the colorful character he portrays in "Mr. Selfridge."

Connect

MASTERPIECE is on Facebook, and you can follow @masterpiecepbs on Twitter. Visit video.kpbs.org/program/masterpiece/ to watch full episodes and more from MASTERPIECE. Jeremy Piven is on Facebook, and you can follow @jeremypiven on Twitter.

Episode One airs Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 9 p.m. & repeats on Saturday, April 6 at 9 p.m. - Upstart American Harry Selfridge moves heaven and earth to build his visionary department store in London. But opening day is just the start of his retail revolution.

Episode Two airs Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 9 p.m. & repeats on Saturday, April 13 at 9 p.m. - Harry skirts scandal by putting cosmetics at the front of the store. Meanwhile, his private life gets complicated as Ellen Love, Lady Mae and his wife, Rose, make waves.

Episode Three airs Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 9 p.m. & repeats Saturday, April 20 at 9 p.m. - Ellen’s future as the Spirit of Selfridge is on the line. Renowned ballerina Anna Pavlova causes a sensation at the store. Rose makes a revelation to her doting portrait painter, Roddy.

Episode Four airs Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 9 p.m. & repeats on Saturday, April 27 at 9 p.m. - Spunky shop girl Agnes Towler returns to work. But all is not well, as Harry and Rose face a moment of truth, Ellen confronts Harry, and alcohol, pills and driving under the influence take their toll.

Episode Five airs Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 9 p.m. - Mr. Grove takes over in Harry’s absence, but faces irate temperance marchers and other challenges. How would Harry handle it? Agnes gets to know Henri, the window dresser.

Episode Six airs Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 9 p.m. - Two dead relatives show up at a store séance prompted by Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle. Agnes moves to fashion and develops a closer relationship with Henri.

Episode Seven airs Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 9 p.m. - F.W. Woolworth tries to undercut his old friend and competitor, Harry, who gives the discount king a run for his money. The temperature rises with Agnes and Henri.

Episode Eight airs Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. - Tragedy strikes on the day polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton comes to the store. An even greater celebrity plans a visit, and Harry and Rose attend a shocking play.

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Preview: Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge

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Above: Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Based on the life of colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the new eight-part series is created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies ("Pride and Prejudice," "Bleak House"). Also starring are Frances O’Connor ("Madame Bovary"), Aisling Loftus ("Page Eight"), Zoe Tapper ("Zen"), Amanda Abbington ("Case Histories"), and Samuel West ("Any Human Heart"). Who knew shopping could be like this!

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Mr. Selfridge: Behind The Scenes

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Above: Get your first look at MASTERPIECE's sumptuous new drama, "Mr. Selfridge," starring Jeremy Piven. Piven, the cast, producers and creator take you inside the opulent world of Mr. Selfridge. Don't miss the premiere of "Mr. Selfridge" on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

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Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge: A Scene from Episode One

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Above: See an exclusive scene from "Mr. Selfridge" (Episode One), starring Jeremy Piven, before it premieres on Sunday, March 31, 2013.