Harlots BBC release date, cast, trailer, plot: When is Harlots out on BBC 2?

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Harlots season 3 has finally been given the green light for a UK release after more than two years of waiting. Sadly season three is the last instalment of the historical drama but has thankfully found a home on BBC Two. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know including release date, cast, trailer, plot and more.

When is Harlots out on BBC 2?

The first two season of Harlots aired on ITV Encore in the UK in 2017 and 2018.

However, the third and final season did not air on ITV and instead aired exclusively on Starzplay in the UK.

The third series has also already aired on Hulu in the US but finally, the series has been given a new home on UK television.

On Friday, July 3, the BBC confirmed the entire series of of the female-led historical drama will air on BBC Two.

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Unfortunately, an official release date has not been given for Harlots.

However, the BBC has confirmed the first two series will air back to back on BBC Two, with season three airing at a later date.

Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition, said ahead of the show airing: “Aided by a truly magnificent cast, Harlots brings 18th century London to life with enormous style, wit, intelligence and humour.

“BBC viewers will become immersed in the gripping lives of businesswomen Margaret Wells (played by Samantha Morton) and Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville) as they make their way in London’s grimy, decadent world.”

Who is in the cast of Harlots?

Oscar-nominated actress Lesley Manville stars as Lydia Quigley, who is now the madam of a brothel.

Downtown Abbey’s Jessica Brown-Findlay portrays Charlotte Wells and Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler plays Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam.

Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan stas as Hannah Dalton in Harlots.

Sharing the news of the BBC acquisition on her Instagram, Coughlan posted some behind the scenes photographs from her time on the show.

She captioned the pictures: “Some class news for a Friday- Harlots is coming to @bbctwo!!

“This is the most punk version of 18th Century London you will ever see, it focuses on the fearsome women who held their own positions of power and the murky underworld they lived in.

“It is a true benchmark for other period dramas in terms of diversity, and on top of this, the while thing was entirely written, produced and directed by women.

“Truly this show is everything and I’m so excited that more of you will get to see it now.”

Joining the cast is Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen as the new pimp Isaac Pincher, who wants to take over London.

Hamilton’s Ash Hunter joins the cast of Harlots season three as Hal Pincher, Isaac’s brother who gets close to Emily.

Fans will also see Bennett-Warner as Harriet Lennox, Danny Sapani as William North, Holli Dempsey as Emily Lacey and Kate Fleetwood as Nancy Birch.

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers about Harlots season 1 & 2

What will happen in Harlots season 3?

Harlots is set in the 18th Century Georgian London and tells the story of the brothel wars between the women of central London.

Harlots is based on the book The Covent Garden Ladies by Hallie Rubenhold and follows the story of Margaret Wells who runs a brothel to try and secure a better future for her daughters.

Season two ended with Madam Margaret being sent to America as a prisoner.

Lydia, was also being held in the notorious Bedlam Mental asylum.

As a result, it looks like Charlotte (Jessica Brown-Findlay) has been left in charge of the family brothel.

However, things are not likely to run smoothly for Charlotte as her mother enemies are still around to make things difficult.

In the third series, there is also a new pimp in town called Isaac Pincher (Alfie Allen).


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Is there a trailer for Harlots?

Yes, there are multiple trailers for Harlots, one for every season.

The trailer for the latest series introduces Alfie Allen as pimp Isaac Pincher.

Scenes hint a rivalry between Allen’s character Isaac and Charlotte Wells (Jessica Brown-Findlay).

The trailer eerily teases “Protect your house” alongside footage of sword fights, fire, kissing and fortune-telling.

Harlots is coming soon to BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer

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