A third series of period drama Mr Selfridge has been commissioned by British broadcaster ITV and will return to filming locations in north London and the Historic Chatham Dockyard in Kent. The series stars US actor Jeremy Piven as the real-life founder of department store Selfridge & Co.
“We’re delighted to commission a third series of Mr Selfridge,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November: “It’s been very pleasing to see how the audience have reacted to Mr Selfridge and the vibrant and inspirational world the production team have created.”
Added ITV Studios’ Executive Producer Kate Lewis: “You only have to walk down Oxford Street today to know that Selfridges Department Store continued to be successful, but for its founder, Harry Selfridge, things were very different. His story was a rollercoaster ride that ended rather tragically. We pick up Series Three in 1919, the point at which his life really begins to unravel.”
It’s been very pleasing to see how the audience have reacted to Mr Selfridge and the vibrant and inspirational world the production team have created.
Steve November, Director of Drama at ITV
London’s appeal as an international television filming location was boosted last year when the UK government launched a new TV tax credit. In less than a year the tax credit has already boosted production spending and has helped attract major international shoots such as the new Jack Bauer action miniseries 24: Live Another Day.
The Historic Chatham Dockyard offers an abundance of period buildings and has been used extensively as a filming location for period productions including TV dramas Call the Midwife, Foyle’s War and Oliver Twist. High-profile feature shoots have included the Oscar-winning Les Miserables and both of Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes films.
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