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EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS BRINGS VIEWERS THE STORY OF AN UPSTART AMERICAN
WHO TAUGHT THE ENGLISH HOW TO SHOP

Cure the Downton Abbey Blues by going shopping with Eight, Arizona PBS’ Mr. Selfridge


PHOENIXMarch 22, 2013…What do you do after Downton Abbey? Go shopping! Entourage’s three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven stars as Mr. Selfridge in the new drama that recounts the real life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of London’s lavish department store Selfridge’s, to premiere on Sunday, March 31 at 8 p.m. on Eight HD.

Mr. Selfridge is set in a time in which English ladies were used to getting their dresses from dressmakers and beauty products were unspoken of in public, only associated with prostitutes and actresses. This all changes when the main character, Harry Gordon Selfridge, invents a shopping experience that is a cross between a theater and fantasy fulfillment.

Fancy window displays, cosmetics counters, merchandise you can touch, and other marketing breakthroughs had to start somewhere, and they all came from Mr. Selfridge, who combined guile, taste, boldness, the poise of a swindler, and the seductive charm of a Casanova – qualities that spelled success but also trouble.

Eight continues to be viewers’ destination for Sunday night dramas with yet another Masterpiece Classic hit, Mr. Selfridge.

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource. For 50 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 86 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.