The real life Mr. Selfridge died impoverished; a shadow of once great promise. So, too, dies his show. The only memorable moment in Episode Four was Rose’s cool-hand dispatchment of Ellen Love. Now THAT was laugh out loud funny! The rest of it….Snoozeville. Even the gifted Jeremy Piven couldn’t save last night’s episode. Thanks to his drinking and driving, Harry Gordon Selfridge is now in a coma along with the rest of us.
Thankfully, PBS has also given us Call the Midwife. Now this is quality with a capital Q! Based on the memoirs of the late midwife, Jennifer Worth, this show has the 3 h’s that make for great television: Humor, Horror, and Humanitarianism. The characters and their stories are rich and wonderful. It reminds me a bit of James Herriot’s veterinary memoirs. I am hooked! You can catch Season One on Netflix or Netflix Streaming. Season Two is available on the PBS website. If you haven’t watched it, give it a try. It won’t disappoint!
I don’t think Priscilla of the Priscilla Willa, Party Planner children’s series I write will ever go into the midwife business, but she might be hired to throw a party for one of the well-deserving nuns!