As Christmas is right around the corner here is a little holiday gift guide or gift suggestion that would surely put a smile on your face. PBS Distribution has some great options perfect for holiday gift lists.
The critically acclaimed “MASTERPIECE: Mr. Selfridge The Complete Series,” and long-running “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Inspector Lewis The Complete Series.” Either set makes a great gift for fans of mystery and drama.
“MASTERPIECE: MR SELFRIDGE THE COMPLETE SERIES ”
Created by Emmy® Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ Diary), Mr. Selfridge brings to life the story of American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, the colorful and visionary founder of Selfridges, London’s lavish department store. Pioneering, reckless, and with an abundance of charm, Harry Selfridge created a theater of retail for early 1900s Londoners, where the latest topics or trends were showcased and traditions were challenged.
Starring three-time Emmy® Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as ‘Mile a Minute Harry’, the brilliant ensemble cast features Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Imitation Game), Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), and Frances O’Connor (The Missing).
The critics have hailed the series as “…Downton’s racier cousin…” The Independent, and “… plenty addicting…” The Wall Street Journal.
“Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series” is currently available. The run time of the series is approximately 30.5 hours on 12 discs. The DVD SRP is $89.99.
In Emilee’s opinion:
I’m absolutely obsessed with Mr Selfridge The Complete Series. It was definitely a masterpiece worth watching. Mr. Selfridge had a dream to open up his own department store in London. He was determined even when others weren’t sure of his idea. He wanted it to be the most lavish store and he would do anything to fulfill his vision. The best part was that it was depicted in the early 1900s so it was exciting to see what it must have been like during the war, during that time where everything was extravagant, during that time when vintage automobiles were used and fashion was trailing skirts and broad brimmed hats, top hats and lounge suits. I would love to go back to that time period. There was so much more respect although there was drama and a bit of scandalous acts. However, I was taken to a different place while watching episode after episode. I knew at that moment I was in love with a new show-Mr. Selfridge.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch Mr Selfridge, I definitely recommend it. The characters were charming, delightful and sometimes mischievous. I admired Mrs. Selfridge and all that she dealt with. She was a strong woman who could take care of herself in extreme situations. Mr. Harry Selfridge was a strong willed business owner who wanted everything perfect. He depicted a powerful man who could get anything he wanted or could he? There is always a price to pay if you stare off the course into dangerous territory. My other favorite characters were Agnes Towler (quiet yet smart and loving), Kitty (red headed flirt who wanted love), Henri Leclair (gorgeous and proper employee at Selfridges) and many many more. I can’t tell you how much I love the stylish musical score. It was lovely and I kept humming it over and over. Overall, Mr. Selfridge is one of my new favorite drama tv series. It should be on everyones wish list this holiday season.
“MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: INSPECTOR LEWIS THE COMPLETE SERIES”
Inspired by the Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter, comes the long-running series Inspector Lewis. Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) steps out of the shadow of his mentor, the inimitable Inspector Morse, in this highly-acclaimed series of intricate mysteries. Together with his brooding, inscrutable partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), they take on the elite criminal underworld of Oxford, England, relying on Lewis’ instinct and Hathaway’s intellect to see past appearances and into the hearts of their upper-crust foes.
All eight seasons of Oxford’s favorite detectives, Lewis and Hathaway are included in this complete series box set. The New York Times boasts, “The writing is sharp in terms of its social incisiveness,” and The AV Club declares, “…well-constructed, reliably entertaining…”
“Inspector Lewis The Complete Series” is currently available. The run time is approximately 50 hours on 18 discs and has an SRP of $99.99.
In Emilee’s opinion:
Inspector Lewis the complete series is a serious investigative tv series with good writing and lots of dead bodies. It was a little slow yet it still had you guessing till the end. Inspector Lewis and detective sergeant James Hathaway worked together to solve crimes in Oxford, England. I thought they made a great team. I loved seeing parts of England and hearing their beautiful accents (as my husband is also British). Honestly, I only watched one episode since I was drawn to Mr. Selfridge and had to watch the entire four seasons. So, once I watch the rest of Mr. Selfridge I’ll be watching Inspector Lewis to learn more about the “class double act” mentioned by The Daily Telegraph. This DVD box set includes approx. 50 hours on 18 discs. I’m sure if you have been watching this tv series, this box set is the one to purchase.
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