Episode four: Sunday 9 February at 9pm on ITV
In episode four, with news of the massacre in Belgium, men are clamouring to sign up and do their bit for the war effort. None are keener than George Towler (Calum Callaghan). Victor tells Agnes that George is enlisting. Agnes is upset and pleads with George not to go but knows she can’t stop him.
The men are nicknamed The Selfridge Brigade.
Based upon the life of flamboyant American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, who founded the world‐renowned store on London’s Oxford Street in 1909, the second series picks up the story in 1914 as the store celebrates its 5th anniversary of trading.
Harry, played by Emmy award‐winning American actor, Jeremy Piven (Entourage), is proud of the store’s success but there is no time to rest on his laurels. With rumours rife with talk of war in Europe, he prepares staff for challenging times ahead. The store must play its own part in the war effort and help keep morale high on the home front.
Now more than ever Harry needs his wife, Rose, played by Frances O’Connor (AI: Artificial Intelligence, Piccadilly Jim), by his side. But in the last five years, they have become increasingly estranged. Whilst Rose has been spending long periods in America with the couple’s daughters and their son Gordon attends school in Winchester, Harry lives the life of a single man in London.