MR. SELFRIDGE REVIEWED
“Mr. Selfridge” follows Harry Selfridge right up to the Great Depression. Well, it ends a few months before. That being said the coming economic crisis coupled with depressing factors at the end of the 1920s showcases what went wrong for Selfridge. From a business history standpoint, it’s stunning. Issues of consolidation and surviving in the Post War business landscape creates a period piece that we rarely get on TV. I give a ton of credit to that to series creator Andrew Davies.
The finale has to be the most satisfying conclusion to a recent PBS series. Watching Selfridge realize that the department store game is too much for him, he leaves with a little shred of dignity. While Selfridge was still living high on the hog when compared to others, you still get the sense of honor in defeat. The final scene was strong enough for me to investigate what happened to him in real life. That was kinda sad. But, his grandkids became huge STEM pioneers.
A/V QUALITY STATS
1.78:1 1080i transfer
Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo