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With the shining success of such shows as ‘Downtown Abbey’ and ‘Sherlock,’ PBS has proven to be a force to be reckoned with on Sunday nights. And by the end of this month, they will be offering up the second season of ‘Mr. Selfridge’ staring three time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven in the title role.

If you love the tone, charm and period set in ‘Downtown Abbey’ and other British drama classics then you’ll most likely enjoy this series. ‘Mr. Selfridge’ is a drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his London department store, Selfridge & Co. The show first aired in the U.K. on January 6, 2013 and o March 31, 2013 in the U.S.
‘Mr. Selfridge’ has been renewed for a third season which will begin in 2015 and has been hailed as “addicting” by the Wall Street Journal. Season two will run on Sundays beginning March 30 through May 18. See episode guide below:

Mr. Selfridge, Season II
Episode 1 (120 mins)
It’s the five year anniversary of the store’s opening, faces old and new make an appearance and though business is booming for Harry Selfridge, his personal life looks set to sail less smoothly.
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Episode 2 (60 mins)
Agnes pulls off a spectacular Empire Celebration in the store but the mood is soured by big news: England has declared war on Germany.
9PM ET

Episode 3 (60 mins)
As news emerges of the first horrors of the war in Belgium, Selfridge’s men clamor to sign up while Thackeray becomes suspicious of Henri, who is behaving oddly.
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Episode 4 (60 mins)
As Harry’s male staff go off to fight, women are recruited to do their jobs while Harry himself yearns to do more for the war effort.
9PM ET

Episode 5 (60 mins)
Anti-German feeling is running high and Harry arranges a patriotic concert just at the point where he himself is asked to make a special trip for the British Intelligence Services.
9PM ET

Episode 6 (60 mins)
With Harry’s sudden absence, people are more worried than ever when a scandal hits the newspapers that points back to Mr. Selfridge.
9PM ET

Episode 7 (60 mins)
An unnerved Harry arrives home in a swarm of bad publicity and has to deal not only with the scandal in the press but also for Henri.
9PM ET

Episode 8 (120 mins)
Justice is served, and so is romance--as soldiers return, others leave for the front, and all at Selfridges keep calm and carry on.

PBS has a wonderful showcase of programs. Check your local listing (SCETV in South Carolina) for features and dates for such dramas as Inspector Lewis, Wallander and Endeavour, to name a few.

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