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ITV flung open the doors on its drama about the early days of Selfridges, but very little in the first episode caught the eye

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I couldn't find what I wanted in Mr Selfridge, ITV's new Sunday-night series set in the early days of the American entrepreneur's London store, which opened in 1909 at "the dead end of Oxford Street", as one laughing sneerer in the crowd called it. Well, we know who had the last laugh. But there surely had to be tears too. Jeremy Piven made a grinning showman of Harry Selfridge in black hat, frock coat and matching beard. You could see why his stuffed-shirt English partner – horrified at Harry's enthusiasm for a media circus and trumpet fanfares – pulled out, leaving him in a hole (they were on a building site »

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