“Liberty of London,” the British TV documentary that originally aired in 2013 in the U.K., will have its U.S. premiere on Monday on Acorn TV, a streaming service. “Liberty,” which consists of seven episodes, provides a behind-the-scenes peek at the staff and customers — some of whom become breakout characters — at one of London’s oldest department stores. Ed Burstell, Liberty’s managing director, has a starring role in the show, delivering pithy one-liners to his staff and traveling to New York for fashion week. Viewers can eavesdrop on the British Open Call weekend where designer hopefuls vie for the chance to get their products in front of Liberty buyers.
The store, which was founded in 1875, is steeped in history, heritage and eccentricity. “We could have made a 20-part series about this place and its chocolate box of characters,” Emma Loach, executive producer of the show, said when it first aired in the U.K. Actor Richard E. Grant, Alexa Chung and Manolo Blahnik have cameo roles in the series. Hayley Atwell, who plays Agent Carter in “Captain America,” narrates.