British TV series that travel to U.S. audiences via PBS’s Masterpiece series usually take a year to get across the pond. And it’s not just an England Proper thing. The same is true of Canadian series that air in the U.S. an entire year after the original broadcast at home, like Syfy’s Lost Girl. Before the popularity of Downton Abbey, most PBS viewers didn’t take much note of this. Now fans of Mr. Selfridge, which returns tonight for Season 3 (“Series 3″ in British parlance) have to face the same problem. That problem is spoilers.
Fans of Mr. Selfridge will be thrown several sidewinders for Season 3, and dodging these new twists and turns before they air each Sunday night will be difficult, especially since entire story plots are scattered across the Web, and Episode 10 will air in England tonight the same time Episode 1 airs in the States. Can’t wait to find out what happens next? It’s right there waiting for you to read. So what’s your best bet? Pick up Season 3 on DVD or Blu-ray, available at Amazon.com now here, or stream it here, and start your binge watching before you learn too much, too early.
If you’re interested in why Mr. Selfridge has the most realistic historical costumes of any series on TV, series costumer designer James Keast reveals one of his secrets in an interview done for the show: Many of the costumes are vintage–actual garments worn more than 100 years ago and found in the department store archives. Check out that video after the break, as well as some insights and a preview on what is certain to be a tumultuous Season 3: