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Director: Coky Giedroyc, China Moo-Young, Jill Robertson

Producer: Lawrence Till

Executive Producer: Alison Owen, Debra Hayward, Alison Carpenter, Moira Buffini, Alison Newman

Writer: Moira Buffini, Jane English, Cat Jones, Debbie O’Malley

Cast: Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay

Genres: Drama


ITV Studios
Series 1: 8 x 60 mins

Featuring an award-winning creative team and all-star cast, Harlots is a powerful drama set against the vibrant, cosmopolitan backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, offering a bold new take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity – sex. Inspired by the stories of real women, and the men who surround them, this provocative character-driven series centres on the formidable Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her daughters (Jessica Brown Findlay and Eloise Smyth) as she struggles to reconcile the role of mother with brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret will fight back, even if it means putting her family at risk. Combining wit with high drama, this fast-paced tale of family, power and brutal economics shines a light on the extraordinary businesswomen who helped to build the London we know.

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