Originally premiered on ITV Encore in July 2018, Harlots has recently been picked up by BBC, with the first series airing from the beginning in August 2020, and the second continuing in September 2020. Written, directed and produced by an all-female team, and created by Moira Buffini and Alison Newman, the 18th-century drama is set in London and follows brothel owner Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her two daughters, Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth). Continuing from the drama of series one, Margaret and Nancy (Kate Fleetwood) must race to find witnesses to give evidence against Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), as Charlotte settles into life at Quigley’s house while secretly plotting against her.
I was so excited for BBC to pick up this series as I missed it the first time around, and after enjoying the first season so much, I couldn’t wait to get straight back into another.
This second season is a brilliant follow up. I didn’t think they could make this any more dramatic but things are getting so interesting! With more murder, sex, rivalry, betrayals, and even a new brothel to contend with, every episode is full of excitement, curiosity and promiscuity, keeping you engaged on every level.
All of the performances are incredible. Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Eloise Smyth, and Lesley Manville are all standout, but every single one of the cast impress. Liv Tyler and Julian Rhind-Tutt also make great new additions.
This second season ends on a big reveal. Things are getting dark but oh so good, and I can’t wait to see the final one.