Starzplay Takes Over Broadcast Of ‘Harlots’ In The UK. Season 2 To Premiere In February.
Starplay has rescued the Hulu drama ‘Harlots‘ from the UK broadcast wilderness, as the channel picks up the drama following its abandonment by ITV.
Set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, ‘Harlots’ follows the Wells family, led by matriarch Margaret (Samantha Morton). When her daughter Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) places herself in the home of arch-rival bawd Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), their toxic and deep-set rivalry is taken to a dangerous new level. Meanwhile, alluring and wealthy socialite Lady Fitz (Liv Tyler) is drawn by Charlotte into the plot against Lydia, as well. Inspired by the stories of real women, Harlots is a powerful family drama as explored from the female perspective.
The series stars Manville, Brown Findlay, and Morton and hails from the creative team of Moira Buffini, Alison Newman, Alison Owen, Debra Hayward and Alison Carpenter, with Coky Giedroyc returning as lead director and Grainne Marmion producing.
The show was originally a co-production between US streaming service Hulu and ITV Encore. However, when ITV decided to drop out for the 2nd Season, Hulu went ahead without them, leaving the show without a UK home. Thanks to Starzplay, that has now been resolved. Hulu has also renewed the series for a 3rd Season.
For those of you confused as to what is StarzPlay, it is an addition “add-on” channel you can get via Amazon Prime Video and Virgin Media. This as an additional service to the main Amazon & Virgin offering, and costs £4.99 a month. The channel is also home to Stephen King multiverse drama ‘Castle Rock‘, the Brendan Gleeson/Harry Treadaway series ‘Mr. Mercedes‘, and JK Simmons sci-fi series ‘Counterpart‘, so now is an excellent time to subscribe.
‘Harlots‘ Season 1 (which previously aired on ITV Encore) will be available on Starzplay from Friday, 18th January 2019. All 8 episodes of Season 2 will get their UK premiere on Thursday, 14th February 2019.