Monday, April 01, 2013

Mr. Selfridge

In the mood for a department store drama?

Look no further than the new series "Mr. Selfridge" on PBS.



Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his London department store Selfridge & Co, produced by ITV Studios for ITV and PBS. It began airing on 6 January 2013 in the United Kingdom and March 31, 2013 in the United States.

Mistress MJ watched the first two episodes last night and wonders if any of you Bitches caught it.

There are 10 episodes in the first series and season 2 has been given the green light.

PBS has been promoting “Mr. Selfridge” as the antidote for “Downton Abbey” withdrawal. And we know many of you who could use a fix.

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    1. No, this is not an April Fools' prank but I'll pin a fish on your back nonetheless.

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  2. Does Mrs Slocombe and her pussy still work on the 1st floor?

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    1. TOPHER: Funny enough, I was quoting lines from "Are You Being Served?" as I watched it!

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  3. Sounds a bit like a recently sreened bbc production here called "The Paradise"

    I'll keep a lookout for it starting here soon... We eventually seem to get the same stuff on our telly...

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    1. PRINNY: Thank you for the link!

      I know Émile Zola's novel, "Au Bonheur des Dames" but I didn't know it had been adapted for telly.

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  4. I might add that it ran during the same time as downton did... I found myself in period drama heaven while it lasted...

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    1. PRINNY: You lucky gal.

      Me, I just find myself having drama during my period.

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  5. Hated it. I would prefer to watch "Are You Being Served", as the acting and the storylines were more believable... Jx

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    1. I'm purposely staying away from Abbey, it's over-promoted IMO and every Abbey ad gives me the impression of a bunch of very tight-ass, snobby Brits. I'm LOL at the very thought of the "Served" episode where the Arab sheik comes to Grace Brothers with his harem and servants, tries to pay for men's trousers (for the wives to wear!) with carpets and a goat. When the carpets and goat fail, he offers up a dancing wife .....

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    2. Downton Abbey was fab escapism. Mr Selfridge wasn't, in my opinion. Some "Are You Being Served?" sketches were hilarious, admittedly, and it most definitely had camp, but I was being a little tongue-in-cheek about its overall merits... Jx

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  6. JON: Well, it's no Downton Abbey but we Colonials take what we can get.

    A glass of water for Mr. Grainger...and a tranquilizer for Jon.

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  7. we too watched "the paradise" and enjoyed it. last night's masterpiece theatre was okay. it appears as if the story lines will be quite similar. snatchy head of the department vs. up-and-coming clever underling. will miss towler catch the eye of selfridge the same way denise caught moray's at the paradise? kinda think so.

    one criticism i read said that they thought jeremy piven was too modern in his performance. could be, but selfridge is supposed to be a brash yank, so i guess they told jeremy to use ari gold as a role model.

    a lot more money was spent on selfridge than on paradise and i kind of like that.

    what also started here last night was season two of "call the midwifes" which is such a fulfilling hour, i can't praise it enough. love it.

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    1. NORMA: Mistress MJ sat through 2 episodes of "Call the Midwives" and agree that it deserves praise but anything related to birth, even just the talk of it, gives me the heebie-jeebies so I didn't pursue further viewing.

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    2. and THAT is just a part of "midwifes" charm....
      ...all the grunting, sweating, fluids and filth!

      and the real infants, covered in slime!

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    3. *prepares the Oubliette for Norma's arrival*

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  8. I'm not allowed to watch anything that requires an attention span over a fifth grade level, but I will put it on my list!

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    1. WALLY: I’m guessing you have a channel down south dedicated solely to the Andy Griffith Show.

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  9. Sorry I missed your blogiversary...but not sorry I gave Downton Abbey a miss. I prefer my Brits engaged in zany hijinks and madcap tomfoolery, preferably while naked, whapping each other with their stiff rods. *draws cape over face and retreats dramatically into shadows once again*

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    1. If you never watched it, how do you know that wasn't what happened? Violet Countess of Grantham was quite the whizz with her rod, not to mention the footmen... Jx

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    2. MS. NATIONS & JON: You crazy Bitches.

      *inserts Benny Hill theme*

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  10. What about Call the Midwife. Expertly acted and Judy Parfit is going mad on screen!

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    1. COOKIE: See my response to Norma.

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  11. Call the Midwife is superb!
    And I watched some of Mr Selfridge just to see Corrie's Becky playing a posh bird. She did it well.
    Sx

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    1. MISS SCARLET: I wondered who’d be the first to mention Becky.

      I’m not used to seeing her sober.

      So THIS is what she got up to when she told everyone she was going to the Barbados.

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  12. Thank you, don't need it, tomorrow I'll be back in 1931.

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    1. MAGO: You are Infomaniac’s time traveller.

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    2. You too mention timetravel - ?! Some hours ago on youtube tons of time traveller videos were suggested. Earlier I saw something about it in the news (was it yesterday?). Some days ago I was talking about time and it's form with a stranger on a train.
      I'd like Prague 1600, one way please.

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    3. MAGO: Prague 1600..."Parnassus of the arts."

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    4. If The Mistress is taking requests, Berlin 1920s, bitte!

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    5. You're already there in your mind, LX.

      Relax and float downstream.

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    6. I've just visited a site called Beautyinprague.com for cheap cosmetic surgery, £2000 for a face lift! It pays to shop around.

      Your very own Polka Dot Queen had a window display last year at Selfridges

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    7. MITZI: beautyinprague.com … is that where Blanche on Corrie got her hip replacement?

      I saw some of the Polka Dot Queen’s work on display in Montreal!

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  13. i tried to watch mr selfridge, but couldn't get past mt pevins. i kept waiting for a punchline from him. i know, i'm shallow and perverse. xoxoxoxo

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    1. SAVANNAH: Shallowness and perversity are prerequisites for following Infomaniac.

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