EXCLUSIVE: ITV’s period drama series Mr Selfridge is adding two new cast members for its second season. I’ve learned that both Daniel Kendrick (Run) and Vincenzo Nicoli (EastEnders) have joined the series in recurring roles. They join Polly Walker (Warehouse 13), Aidan McArdle (Garrow’s Law) and Cal Macaninch (Donwnton Abbey), all three of whom recently joined the series for its 10 episode second season. Mr Selfridge is set in London in 1909, at a time when women were revelling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his lavish department store, on London’s famous Oxford Street. The drama series stars Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Frances O’Connor (Piccadily Jim), Gregory Fitoussi (Spiral), Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers), Trystan Gravelle (Anonymous) and Zoe Tapper (Desperate Romantics). Mr Selfridge is produced by ITV Studios and PBS Masterpiece, with Rebecca Eaton, Chrissy Skins and Kate Lewis serving as executive producers. The series was renewed by ITV in February after the first season pulled in a peak audience of 9.4 million viewers and averaged a consolidated audience of 8.5 million viewers.
Elsewhere at ITV, the channel’s drama The Widower, which tells the true story of Malcolm Webster who was convicted of murdering his first wife and later attempting to murder his second wife, has found its director and several members of its cast. According to my sources John Hannah (Spartacus), Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs), Scott Ainslie (EastEnders), Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville), Paul Blair (The Day of the Triffids), Kate Fleetwood (Way To Go), Kate Arneil (Jack Ryan), Alan Convy (Doctors) and Iain Cairns (Bob Servant Independent) have all been cast in the drama. I have also learned that The Widower will comprise of three one-hour episodes, which are being directed by Paul Whittington. The drama is being produced by ITV Studios, Octagon Films and NZ Films, with Kwadjo Dajan serving as the series producer and Jeff Pope serving as executive producer.