added: Fri, Mar 10th '17
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Hulu has released the full-length trailer for the British costume drama series "Harlots," starring Samantha Morton, of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," as a headstrong brothel madam in 18th-century London who has raised her daughter to be a successful sex worker while competing with a rival bordello.
Created by English screenwriter/playwright Moira Buffini (Byzantium, 2011's Jane Eyre), and based on an original idea by Buffini and "EastEnders" actress Alison Newman, the Hulu series also stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Lesley Manville (Maleficent), and Eloise Smyth (Fortitude).
Boasting an all-women team of directors, writers, and producers, "Harlots" will have TV director Coky Giedroyc (Penny Dreadful, The Hour) directing the first three episodes while the rest of the eight-part season will be helmed by directors China Moo-Young (Humans) and Jill Robertson (Casualty).
"Harlots" will premiere in the U.S. on Hulu on Wednesday, March 29th. It will also air in the U.K. on the ITV network at a later date.
Set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, Harlots is a powerful family drama offering a brand new take on the city's most valuable commercial activity -- sex. Based on the stories of real women, the series follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her daughters, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and 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. Jessica Brown Findlay stars as Charlotte, Margaret's eldest daughter and the city’s most coveted courtesan who begins to grapple with her position in both society and her immediate family.
directed by Coky Giedroyc (pilot episode)
starring Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Lesley Manville, Eloise Smyth
release date March 29, 2017 (US; on Hulu)