It took way too long for me to give in and finally watch Mr. Selfridge, but have to say, now I'm hooked. It's particularly intriguing to analyze Harry Selfridge himself. Brilliant businessman, full of life, energy and from what I can see, the power of positive thinking. This genius completely believes in himself and his power to bring his dreams into reality. I haven't watched the Secrets of Selridge yet, to see clips about the real Harry Selfridge, but Jeremy Piven's Selfridge is excellent.
Originally, I didn't care for Piven's acting, but can now see that he's perfect for this part. Underneath that businessman's smile, always keeping an eagle eye on what's "good for business", lurks the memories of a tortured little boy whose relationship with his father was not the best. It's these flash-back memories of Selfridge's childhood that spellbind and mystify. From a psychological perspective, this man has risen to incredible heights just based on his own inner drive to one day rid himself of the harm his father inflicted upon him, and the hurtful, lingering memories.
While we can see that the memories still pain Selfridge in many of the scenes, he almost immediately finds that inner strength and determination to overcome the harmful thoughts and return to his "state of grace" within his own self. And, then returns the enigmatic smile. The man overcomes the memories, and rises above them.
In this regard, I find this series, Seasons 1 and 2, an uplifting testimony to the powers within humans to overcome obstacles and childhood trauma, and find their way to peace, great success, and a more righteous approach to life.
Yes, Selfridge does have his faults, maybe a bit too arrogant at times, his philandering, which eventually stops once he truly falls in love with his wife. I'm so heartened by this series, just for the opportunity to psychoanalyze this man and see him grow and mellow a bit to appreciate the gentler things of life and finally leave his hurtful memories behind him and find happiness.
Love this program and look forward to many more seasons.