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The first two seasons of Harlots aired on ITV Encore in the UK, while all three were streamed on Hulu in the US. After more than two years, Harlots has returned to a new home on BBC Two on UK screens. All three seasons will be shown on BBC Two but when does it start and how many episodes are there? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
When does Harlots start on BBC Two?
Season one of Harlots premieres this Wednesday (August 5) on BBC Two at 9pm.
Seasons one and two will also air back to back, with series three expected to arrive on screens later this year.
Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.
To watch Harlots, you can catch episodes are they air every Wednesday on BBC Two or you can stream each instalment live via the BBC iPlayer.
Don’t worry, if you happen to miss an episode of Harlots, episodes will be available to stream and download via the BBC iPlayer.
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How many episodes are in Harlots on BBC Two?
There are 24 episodes in total across all three seasons of Harlots.
There are eight episodes per season and each episode is between 45 and 65 minutes in length.
Fans of Harlots are in for a treat every Wednesday as not one, but two episodes will air every week on BBC Two.
The synopsis for the first-ever episode of Harlots reads: “Brothel owner Margaret Wells [played by Samantha Morton] is on the threshold of moving into a more up-market house in Soho when her premises are raided by the nightwatchmen.
“Fined for keeping an obscene and bawdy house and unable to make the final payment for her new establishment, she is forced to utilise her greatest asset – her daughter Lucy [Eloise Smyth].
“Meanwhile, her rival Lydia Quigley [Lesley Manville] is determined that Margaret’s grand plans are thwarted.”
What is Harlots on BBC Two about?
Harlots on BBC Two is inspired by The Covent Garden Ladies by British historian Hallie Rubenhold.
The series follows brothel owner Margaret Wels, in 18th century London as she tries to provide for her two daughters.
Wells rival is Lydia Quigley and the two women go head to head to dominate London’s underground sex world.
Speaking to the BBC, Manville said: “It’s a proper, fully-fledged story about what it was like to be trying to survive as a prostitute in 1763 in Georgian England at every level of society.
“Along the way you get the humour, bitterly sad stories, revenge, pain, women-hating women, you get a bit of everything in it.
“But it’s coming from an angle of truth and of trying to be honest to that time. And not be titillating in any way. That’s definitely what we’re not aiming to do.”
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Who is in the cast of Harlots?
Harlots on BBC Two features a star-studded ensemble cast.
Golden Globe-winning actor and two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton plays Margaret Wells in Harlots.
Morton described her character and madam Margaret Wells as a “survivor”.
The actress continued: “She is a survivor. She has found a language and behaviour for herself akin to her environment.
“She is what she is because of her surroundings.
“Margaret Wells has had it tough, yet she’s incredibly optimistic and joyful.
“She loves life and loves her children, she doesn’t suffer fools and has fought hard to get where she’s got. She’s loyal but does not cross her.”
Downtown Abbey’s Jessica Brown-Findlay portrays Margaret’s daughter Charlotte Wells alongside up and coming actor Smyth as Lucy.
Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler plays Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam.
Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan stars as Hannah Dalton alongside Killing Eve’s Danni Sapani as William North.
Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen as the new pimp Isaac Pincher.
While Hamilton’s Ash Hunter joined the cast for the most recent outing.
Also starring in the series is Dorothy Atkinson, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Kate Fleetwood, Richard McCabe, Hugh Skinner, Rosalind Eleazar, Douggie McMeekin, and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Harlots premieres Wednesday, August 5 on BBC Two at 9pm
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