"Mr. Selfridge," starring Emmy winner Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") in the title role, debuts its second season on Masterpiece Classic on PBS on Sunday, March 30, 2014. The drama is about the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store in London.
The second season picks up the story in 1914, as the store celebrates its fifth anniversary in business. World War I is imminent and the lives of everyone at Selfridge’s will inevitably be affected.
The season premiere opens as the staff is celebrating the five year anniversary of Selfridge's and applauding their innovative founder. Mr. Selfridge (Piven) is surprised when his estranged wife Rose (Frances O'Connor) visits from Chicago. Rose makes a scandalous new friend on board the ship crossing the Atlantic, novelist Delphine Day (Polly Walker), and brings her to the store..
Miss Towler (Aisling Loftus) returns to the store to head displays after training in Paris but finds that not everybody welcomes her expertise. Henri Leclair (Gregory Fitoussi) is discovered in difficult straits.
Lady Mae (Katherine Kelly) is dismayed when her evil husband, Lord Loxley (Aidan McArdle), returns home and she loses her independence.
The returning cast of "Mr. Selfridge" includes: Jeremy Piven as Mr. Selfridge, Frances O’Connor as his wife Rose, Aisling, Loftus as Agnes Towler, Katherine Kelly as Lady Mae, Grégory Fitoussi as Henri Leclair,, Trystan Gravelle as Victor Colleano, Amanda Abbington as Miss Mardle, Tom Goodman-Hill as Roger Grove, and Ron Cook as Mr. Crabb. Additions to the ensemble include Polly Walker (John Carter) as Delphine Day, Cal Macaninch (Warriors, Wild at Heart) as Mr Thackeray and Aidan McArdle (Jane Eyre, Einstein’s Big Idea) as Lord Loxley.