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Raunchy period drama Harlots is broadcast on BBC Two

Raunchy period drama Harlots airs on BBC Two starring Samantha Morton as brothel owner and mom alongside Liv Tyler and Lesley Manville

BBC Two plays all three series of the critically acclaimed period drama Harlots, which the channel has taken over from ITV Studios.

Samantha Morton, 43, Lesley Manville, 64, and Jessica Brown Findlay, 30, star in the series, which is produced by Monumental Pictures, part of ITV Studios.

Liv Tyler, 43, joins the cast in series two and three. The show first aired in 2017.

Raunchy: Period drama Harlots airs on BBC Two starring Samantha Morton, (left) as brothel owner and mother alongside Liv Tyler and Lesley Manville, (right)

Raunchy: Period drama Harlots airs on BBC Two starring Samantha Morton, (left) as brothel owner and mother alongside Liv Tyler and Lesley Manville, (right)

Against the backdrop of 18th-century Georgian London, Harlots is a powerful family drama that offers a whole new perspective on the city’s most valuable commercial activity – sex.

Inspired by real women’s stories, the series follows Margaret Wells (Morton) and her daughters as she struggles to reconcile her role as a mother and brothel owner.

When her company is attacked by Lydia Quigley (Manville), a rival lady with a brutal streak, Margaret fights back, even though it means putting her family at risk.

Wild: Set in 18th-century Georgian London, Harlots is a family drama that offers a whole new look at the city's most valuable commercial activity - sex (Liv Tyler is in the photo)

Wild: Set in 18th-century Georgian London, Harlots is a family drama that offers a whole new look at the city's most valuable commercial activity - sex (Liv Tyler is in the photo)

Wild: Set in 18th-century Georgian London, Harlots is a family drama that offers a whole new look at the city’s most valuable commercial activity – sex (Liv Tyler is in the photo)

Brown Findlay stars as Charlotte, Margaret’s eldest daughter and the city’s most coveted courtesan who begins to struggle with her position in both society and her immediate family.

Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Program Acquisition: ‘Ridden by a truly beautiful cast, HARLOTS brings 18th century London to life with tremendous style, humor, intelligence and humor.

“BBC viewers will be immersed in the poignant lives of businesswomen Margaret Wells and Lydia Quigley as they navigate the grimy, decadent world of London.”

Star: Downton's Jessica Brown Findlay, (left) stars as Charlotte, Margaret's eldest daughter and the city's most coveted courtesan who begins to struggle with her position

Star: Downton's Jessica Brown Findlay, (left) stars as Charlotte, Margaret's eldest daughter and the city's most coveted courtesan who begins to struggle with her position

Star: Downton’s Jessica Brown Findlay, (left) stars as Charlotte, Margaret’s eldest daughter and the city’s most coveted courtesan who begins to struggle with her position

Series 1 and 2 will be broadcast back to back on BBC Two later this year. Series 3 will be broadcast later.

It’s a busy time for Lesley to take on the role of Princess Margaret from Helena Bonham Carter, 54, in The Crown, series five

The star joins Imelda Staunton in the line-up, who has been cast as Queen Elizabeth II in the hit role.

Congrats! Lesley has just been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and final season of The Crown

Congrats! Lesley has just been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and final season of The Crown

Pictured: Princess Margaret during an official royal engagement in 1966

Pictured: Princess Margaret during an official royal engagement in 1966

Congrats! Lesley has just been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and final season of The Crown

Couldn't be happier: The actress confirmed the news in a Twitter statement when she revealed her joy at landing the role and being able to play with her boyfriend Imelda Staunton

Couldn't be happier: The actress confirmed the news in a Twitter statement when she revealed her joy at landing the role and being able to play with her boyfriend Imelda Staunton

Couldn’t be happier: The actress confirmed the news in a Twitter statement when she revealed her joy at landing the role and being able to play with her boyfriend Imelda Staunton

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