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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Mr. Selfridge, Season 3

Greg Austin as Gordon Selfridge and Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge.
Courtesy of (C) John Rogers/ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE
Greg Austin as Gordon Selfridge and Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge.

Airs Sunday, March 27, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

KPBS will rebroadcast all episodes from Season 3 on Sunday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m. through 9 p.m. leading up to the premiere of Season 4 at 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2016!

Give $20 monthly ongoing or $240 during our TV membership campaign beginning March 4, and receive the Masterpiece 16-DVD collection: 3-DVD sets of Seasons 1-3 of MR. SELFRIDGE, a “Death Comes to Pemberley” DVD, “The Jewel In the Crown” 5-DVD set and a “Great Expectations” DVD. This gift includes a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). Also enjoy access to KPBS Passport and myKPBS Film Club. The “Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge” book is at the $60 level, and the Season 3 DVD or Blu-ray with the book is at $120.
Give $20 monthly ongoing or $240 during our TV membership campaign beginning March 4, and receive the Masterpiece 16-DVD collection: 3-DVD sets of Seasons 1-3 of MR. SELFRIDGE, a “Death Comes to Pemberley” DVD, “The Jewel In the Crown” 5-DVD set and a “Great Expectations” DVD. This gift includes a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). Also enjoy access to KPBS Passport and myKPBS Film Club. The “Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge” book is at the $60 level, and the Season 3 DVD or Blu-ray with the book is at $120.

This program is part of our TV Membership Campaign. Support quality programming you depend on from KPBS. Give $10 monthly ongoing or $120 now and get the Season 3 DVD or Blu-ray set with the book "Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge." The book only is at the $60 level, and there is a MASTERPIECE 16-DVD collection at $240. Give now!

All sales are final as Harry Selfridge gambles his store, his fortune, and his personal happiness on an audacious retail strategy in MR. SELFRIDGE, Season 3. With three-time Emmy® winner Jeremy Piven (ENTOURAGE) back as the irrepressible Harry, the dazzling eight-part series originally aired on MASTERPIECE, Sundays, March 29 - May 17, 2015. Based on the historical exploits of the founder of London’s legendary department store, Selfridge & Co., the series follows Harry through tumultuous times and changing fashions—trends that he helped set. Last season saw him doing his bit for Britain during World War I, even though he was widely disdained as a showboating American.

Reviews

The Wall Street Journal hailed Season 2 for its “engrossing new story lines, plots, dangers and passions.”

The New York Daily News admired the drama’s “magnificent style.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette appreciated its “sexy, seductive” atmosphere.

And The Los Angeles Times found the series “lush and lovely ... a pleasing display window onto another aspect of Edwardian England.”

15 Amazing Photos from the Selfridges Archives

Before there was Twitter, Jeremy Piven or MASTERPIECE's Mr. Selfridge, there was Selfridges, one of London's iconic department stores. Check out these incredible photos from the Selfridges archives, and match up real-life history with the characters and storylines of Season 2.

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Also returning in the new season are beloved characters who have survived the ups and downs of Harry’s impulsive schemes: Amanda Abbington (SHERLOCK, Season 3) as Josie Mardle, the diffident department head who finally takes control of her own destiny; Aisling Loftus (“Page Eight”) and Grégory Fitoussi ("World War Z") as Agnes Towler and Henri LeClair, wizards of window display who find true love at last, but not without surprising reversals; and Amy Beth Hayes (THE SYNDICATE) and Samuel West (ANY HUMAN HEART) as Kitty Hawkins and Frank Edwards, another ardent twosome in the store’s expansive universe.

Then there is Aidan McArdle (JANE EYRE), playing the sinister Lord Loxley, defeated last season but back to make even more dastardly trouble. Plus Ron Cook (“Little Dorrit”) reprises his role as Mr. Crabb, the store’s stalwart CFO, who delivers bad news on Harry’s pet project; Trystan Gravelle ("Anonymous") is back as Victor Colleano, whose dream to open his own nightspot turns into a nightmare; and Tom Goodman-Hill (CASE HISTORIES) returns as the dour personnel director, Mr. Grove, who faces a harrowing emotional ordeal.

Guest stars this season include Zöe Wanamaker (POIROT) as Princess Marie De Bolotoff, the conniving mother of Harry’s new son-in-law; and Kelly Adams (ENDEAVOUR) as Nancy Webb, an attractive social reformer who entices Harry deeper into philanthropy and other intrigues than he ever intended. Also new to the cast are real-life sisters Kara Tointon (EASTENDERS) and Hannah Tointon ("The Lost Future"), playing Harry’s self-assertive daughters, Rosalie and Violette, who have contrasting romantic quandaries.

Season 3 opens with a funeral and a wedding. World War I has recently ended, and soldiers are returning home to reclaim their jobs—at least any job not already taken by women and others on the home front. Adding to the tension, many of the veterans are haunted by their war experiences. For the store, pent-up consumer demand offers both opportunities and financial perils. Harry, of course, only considers the former, and in short order he is courting disaster—at an auction, at home, and in the bedroom.

The real Harry Selfridge used to say, “A store should be like a song of which one never tires”—something he achieved not just with his business but with his thrilling, unpredictable life.

MR. SELFRIDGE, Season 3 is a co-production of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE. It is created by Andrew Davies, developed by Kate Brooke and based on "Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge" by Lindy Woodhead. The writers are Kate Brooke, Kate O'Riordan, Helen Raynor, Matt Jones and James Payne. The directors are Rob Evans, Robert Del Maestro, Joss Agnew and Lawrence Till. The producers are Dominic Barlow and Jeremy Piven. The executive producers are Kate Lewis and Kate Brooke. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer for MASTERPIECE. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.

EPISODE GUIDE

Episode 1 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 11:30 a.m. - The death knell sounds in the Selfridge household, but so do wedding bells. Harry has a new cause. So does Lord Locksley.

Episode 2 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 1:12 p.m. - Harry attends a fateful auction. Henri has a flashback. Edwards’ new book instigates a crisis for Kitty.

Episode 3 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 2:12 p.m. - Surprising accomplices turn up in the search for Kitty’s assailants. Agnes and Henri call it quits, and Harry and Nancy reach an understanding.

Episode 4 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 3:15 p.m. - When Locksley makes a surprise move, Harry ups the stakes. Princess Marie makes her own move. Victor and Violette are caught off guard.

Episode 5 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 4:08 p.m. - Gordon’s debut as store deputy skirts scandal. Kitty confronts her attackers. Doris wrestles with a dilemma, then takes a tragic step.

Episode 6 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. - Harry and Victor spiral deeper into despair. So do Mardle and Grove. Serge and Violette fly high after a crash.

Episode 7 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 6:26 p.m. - The store takes a big gamble. Victor hits on a survival strategy. Gordon and Grace test the waters. And Grove snaps out of it.

Episode 8 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 7:20 p.m. - With Harry’s future hanging in the balance, the store throws the sale to end all sales. Cupid also makes some final decisions.

Past episodes and clips from MASTERPIECE are available for online viewing. MASTERPIECE is on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and you can follow @masterpiecepbs on Twitter.

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