Mr Selfridge given second series by ITV
Story by Jack Foley
ITV hit Mr Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven, has been given a second series.
The ratings success follows the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge (played by Entourage‘s Piven), the founder of Selfridges department store.
It is the channel’s most-watched new drama since Scott and Bailey launched in 2011 and has consistently edged out out BBC1 rival Ripper Street in the ratings.
The second series, which will once again be written by Andrew Davies and his team, will move the story forward to 1914 and the lead-up to World War 1.
Announcing the renewal, Steve November, ITV’s acting director of drama commissioning, said: “It is ITV drama at its best and we are looking forward to spending more time with the wonderful characters.”
The director of episodes 5, 6 and 7 of series one, Anthony Byrne (of Silent Witness, Single Handed fame), will return to direct the first of the new episodes.
Kate Lewis, executive producer for ITV Studios, added: “ITV Studios is thrilled to be making a second series of Mr Selfridge. The story of Harry Selfridge, his family and colleagues has drawn in a strong drama audience and we are delighted by the response.
“The second series will allow us to build on this success and it is a fantastic opportunity to focus on 1914 during the centenary of the Great War.”