Background - The UK's flagship period drama is entering its fourth and final season, with weekly viewing figures of 4 MILLION! Following in a great line of successful British period dramas, including Downton Abbey and Poldark, Mr Selfridge is currently dominating the primetime schedules. For the first time, this 1 CD collection presents original music written for the show encompassing all four seasons, and recreates the emotion and drama of this wonderful series.
About the series Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series set in the early 1900s about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co, in London., based on a true story and on ‘Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge', the book by Lindy Woodhead. In 1909, fresh from a successful retail career in Chicago, a dashing Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) arrives in London intent on building the world's largest department store in the capital's Oxford Street. Helped by his association with socialite Lady Mae Moxley (Katherine Kelly), Harry soon has the financial backing necessary for his plans, resulting in the store being completed in record time. But as the company goes from strength to strength, Harry's marriage to his wife Rose (Frances O'Connor) is jeopardised by his continuing infatuation with music hall artiste Ellen Love (Zoë Tapper).
Over the course of the four seasons a stellar cast full of acting talent (Zoë Wanamaker, Samuel West, Nick Moran, Raffey Cassidy, and more) join Mr Selfridge as Britain goes through the First World War, followed by the Roaring Twenties.
About the music - This collection contains music from all four seasons of Mr Selfridge. With the series taking place in the first half of the 20th century, the soundtrack to Mr Selfridge has allowed composer Charlie Mole to cover a number of genres and moods, from Swing and Dixieland jazz to character-led emotional cues.
"This compilation represents what I consider to be the musical highlights of all four seasons in more or less chronological order. It has been an immense privilege to work on Mr Selfridge, a show which has allowed me as the composer to cover so many emotions and not be tied to one musical genre; constantly changing between high drama, romance, and bawdy comedy keeps you on your toes.
I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to create lush sounds, with soaring violins used to represent the glamorous world of Selfridges. It was also fun to give Harry Selfridge his own sound, often using the trumpet to emphasize his American brashness cutting through the more sedate British establishment."
About the composer - Emmy Nominated in 2013 for his music to ITV's flagship period drama Mr. Selfridge, Charlie is perhaps better known in Hollywood than in the UK because of the quality of films he has scored.
His witty and graceful score to An Ideal Husband (Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore/Miramax) won numerous international awards and established him as a leading international composer. Charlie received massive critical acclaim for his score to The Importance Of Being Earnest (Judy Dench, Colin Firth, Rupert Everett) (Fragile/Miramax). He also scored Northanger Abbey, a TV Film adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, starring Felicity Jones, as well as a dramatic adaptation of The Diary Of Anne Frank with Ellie Kendrick which was acclaimed by the remaining living relative as the definitive version of her story. He went on to score Dorian Gray for Fragile Films starring Colin Firth and Ben Barnes.
He has also been one of the UK's top pop/R&B songwriters, having written for & with Chaka Khan, Kylie Minogue, Angie Stone, Ultra Nate, and Lenny Kravitz. This rare combination has enabled him to include end title songs in his film scores. His song "Never miss the water" performed by Chaka Khan was a no1 US Dance hit and featured in the US sitcom "Friends" and also "The Sopranos"
Most recently he has completed scoring the much-anticipated movie Dad's Army for Universal with the stellar British cast including the likes of Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Toby Jones