For fans of quality English period dramas a- la “Downton Abbey” comes news of a new series on its way. Screenwriter Andrew Davies who has adapted many fine classic novels into quality TV productions (Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey) is adapting Lindy Woodhead’s nonfiction bestseller “Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge” for ITV Studios who are hoping that the story of how American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge who opened the world’s first purpose-built department store in London in 1909 will repeat the success of “Downton Abbey”. No casting announcements yet but there’s a plum role for an American actor playing Selfridge, who blew his fortune on mistresses and gambling before dying destitute. Selfridge’s girlfriends included dancer Isadora Duncan and ballerina Anna Pavlova. His massive overspending eventually cost him control of Selfridges.
In the meantime production on the second series of “Downton Abbey” began in March on location at Highclere stately home in Berkshire, Endgland. Filming continues until July. Airdates have not been announced.