Alfie Boe sings his way onto 'Selfridge'
Season 2 of "Mr. Selfridge" focuses less on guest stars and more on the regulars, but there are exceptions, including British singer Alfie Boe, who's married to a Salt Lake woman and has spent time in Utah.
Boe shows up in Episode 5 as Richard Chapman, a (fictional) former opera singer who has fallen on hard times and is now a music hall singer.
"He then comes to do a concert in the store, and it was just a wonderful experience," executive producer Kate Brooke said.
Perhaps a more wonderful experience for the rest of the cast and crew than it was for Boe, who acted in front of the cameras for the first time.
"He was really nervous about coming into this established thing and he really wanted to do the show as well," said Amanda Abbington, who co-stars as Miss Mardie. "He was really pleased when he got the part, but he was just so sweet and we kind of looked after him."
"And he does sing like an angel," Brooke added.
Boe sings "Danny Boy" and "we were all in floods of tears," Abbington said.
"It's just at that moment the beginning of the war when people are beginning to realize what they're heading toward and it's heartbreaking," Brooke said.
Season 2 of "Mr. Selfridge" begins Sunday, March 30, at 8 p.m. on PBS/Channel 7.