June 5, 2015
Suitable for Teens and Tweens
This dark drama about the department store Selfridge's is quirky and interesting, however kids under 12 may find it boring as it is aimed at older viewers. There are a few sex scene throughout the series, however none are graphic and the scenes always cut after the couples jump into bed. Characters have affairs when they are married, which younger viewers may not be able to understand. A main character becomes addicted to cocaine, plus two characters have an abusive alcoholic father who hits them (it never shows the actual scenes, just the aftermath, of which a character says they "fainted and hit the bathtub" when someone questions their bruises. Many characters are shown drinking wine. Language isn't over the top, mostly da** and the occasional bit** The second series takes a darker turn. More violence and dark twists are implied, also more use of alcohol. World War 1 begins, a main character suffers from shell shock, another main dies from a terminal illness. Overall, this show is more suitable for more mature tweens and teenagers. The show itself is very interesting (especially for people interested in fashion) and good for fans of The Paradise, Downton Abbey and other TV period dramas.