US public broadcaster PBS has picked up the second season of period drama Mr Selfridge.
The show, which is commissioned by UK broadcaster ITV, will appear as part of PBS’ Masterpiece strand when it airs in 2014.
Mr Selfridge stars Jeremy Piven as the eponymous flamboyant American entrepreneur who opens a world-famous department store in London.
The cast also includes Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Katherine Kelly, Grégory Fitoussi, Trystan Gravelle, Amanda Abbington, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ron Cook, Polly Walker, Cal Macaninch and Aidan McArdle.
It is a ITV Studios and Masterpiece coproduction and is based on the book Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead. The writers are Kate Brooke, Kate O’Riordan, Dan Sefton and Andrew Davies.
The producers are Cherry Gould and Piven, and the executive producers are Kate Lewis, Brooke, O’Riordan, Davies and Rebecca Eaton.
Season two, which is currently filming, is due to air on ITV early next year.
Source: PBS / Futon Critic
Cameras are rolling on the second season of ITV’s period drama Mr Selfridge.
Another ten-part season has been ordered by the UK broadcaster to air in 2014.
The series is based on the life of American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, played by Jeremy Piven, who founded the world-famous department store Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street in 1909.
Season two begins in 1914 as the shop and its staff celebrates its fifth year of trading as Europe teeters on the brink of war.
Head writer Andrew Davies returns to work alongside Kate Brooke, Kate O’Riordan and Dan Sefton.
Mr Selfridge is produced by Cherry Gould and executive produced by Kate Lewis for ITV Studios alongside Davies, Brooke and O’Riordan.
Filming is taking place in London and Kent.
Mr Selfridge drew 9.4 million viewers for its debut in January, the highest viewing figures for the launch of a new ITV drama since the launch of Scott and Bailey in May 2011.
The series is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
With its autumn schedule dominated by Downton Abbey, it appears ITV has found the drama to headline its New Year line-up.
When Mr Selfridge launched in the UK on January 6, the period drama naturally drew comparisons to the upstairs/downstairs affairs of those at Downton.
The shop-based saga, about the eponymous American moving his family to London where he opens the world’s grandest department store, scored more than nine million viewers on its debut, making it the most watched new ITV drama series since Scott & Bailey in May 2011.
After five episodes, it is averaging about 8.5 million viewers and ITV chiefs have moved quickly to order a second 10×60′ season to air in 2014.
Season two will be set on the dawn of World War One to coincide with the centenary of the Great War.
British historian Juliet Gardiner will join the ITV Studios production team as a historical advisor, while Lindy Woodhead, who wrote the book on which the series is based, continues as an advisor on retail history.
Andrew Davies (Bleak House) will be joined again by Kate Brooke (Case Sensitive) and Kate O’Riordan (The Bad Mother’s Handbook) as lead writers on the series.
Season two of Mr Selfridge will be produced by Cherry Gould (Lightfields) and executive produced by ITV Studios’ Kate Lewis alongside Davies, Brooke and O’Riordan.
Mr Selfridge is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Here’s the trailer from ITV: