With respect to telly drama, 2014 is becoming quite the poster child for the phrase, ‘when it rains, it pours’. Just this past week drama lovers learned that, following this weeks season ending episode of Call the Midwife, there would be a fourth series of the hit BBC period drama featuring the nuns of Nonnatus House in Poplar. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be a the final five episodes of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series, a new adaptation of Poldark and two new Agatha Christie adaptations in 2015.
Now comes the welcome news that ITV has commissioned a third series of Mr. Selfridge, the drama that is inspired by the life of charismatic American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, and stars Jeremy Piven. Filming for the new series will begin in April with an early 2015 transmission date penciled in both on ITV and PBS. As with the previous two series, filming 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, again, be filmed in the historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent.
Kate Lewis, executive producer for ITV Studios gave a hint as to what will be in store for viewers next season saying: “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 roller coaster ride that ended rather tragically. We pick up Series 3 in 1919, the point at which his life really begins to unravel.”
Mr. Selfridge series 2 premiere – Sunday, March 30 on PBS
The premiere of series two of Mr. Selfridge as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series is just around the corner with a Sunday, March 30 at 9pET/8pCT date etched on everyone’s calendar. Check out this special recap of series 1 and sneak peak at series 2.