As the period drama Mr. Selfridge enters its fourth and final season premiere on PBS March 30, Sony Classical is delighted to release the eagerly-anticipated soundtrack to this acclaimed series available March 25. This single CD collection presents original music written for the show by Emmy Award-nominated composer Charlie Mole, encompassing music from all four seasons that recreates the emotion and drama of this wonderful series.
Mr. Selfridge follows in a great line of successful PBS British period dramas, including Downton Abbey and Poldark. Set in the early 1900s, Mr. Selfridge centers on the real-life story of dashing and visionary American entrepreneur and successful Chicago retailer, Harry Gordon Selfridge and his exclusive London department store, Selfridge & Co. and is based on the book, Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge, by Lindy Woodhead.
British/French composer Charlie Mole was nominated for an Emmy Award for his score for Mr. Selfridge in 2013. However, he is perhaps better known in Hollywood from the quality of films that he has scored. His witty and graceful score to An Ideal Husband won numerous awards and established him as a leading international composer. He has composed the scores for The Importance of Being Earnest and Dorian Gray and contributed music to the hit TV shows Friends and The Sopranos.
Mr. Selfridge features Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Jeremy Piven as the charming and charismatic Harry Selfridge, who arrives in London intent on building the world’s largest department store on Oxford Street. Helped by his association with socialite Lady Mae Moxley (Katherine Kelly), Harry soon has the financial backing necessary for his plans, resulting in the store being completed in record time. However, as the company becomes more successful, Harry’s marriage to his wife Rose (Frances O’Connor) is jeopardized by his continuing infatuation with music hall artiste, Ellen Love (Zoë Tapper).
Over the course of the four seasons, a stellar cast full of acting talent (Zoë Wanamaker, Samuel West, Nick Moran, Raffey Cassidy and more) joins Mr. Selfridge as we see Britain go through the First World War, followed by the excitement of the Roaring Twenties.