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Mark Suszko
Mr. Selfridge
on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:25:06 pm

Anybody else here watching this? We only just got into it thru the cross-promos from Downton Abbey, watched the first two eps of season 1 and liked it.

It's not necessarily as "quality" as Downton, but it does have a charm to it, and some of the lighting, art direction, and photography is just as painterly..

Piven is a good actor, but here, the bombastic public face his character puts on, particularly his speaking style, is just so outre', it tends to grate on you a little. Like an Edwardian Willy Wonka. Nevertheless, there's enough layers to the soap-y narrative to keep your interest. I will say the writing seems like it was all guys (haven't checked) just because every character in a skirt seems to want into Piven's pants at all times. Seems a little too fantastic there.

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