Harlots cast, spoilers and everything else about new ITV Encore show

Harlots starts tonight on ITV Encore and from the cast to first spoilers, here's all you need to know.

Harlots begins this evening at 10PM on ITV Encore, airing Monday nights for the next eight weeks.

But what's it all about?

Harlots cast

Acclaimed actresses Samantha Morton (Fantastic Beasts, Rillington Place, The Last Panthers, Minority Report, Cider with Rosie), Lesley Manville (Mum, River, Maleficent) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein, The Outcast, Downton Abbey) star in Harlots.

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.

Inspired by the stories of real women, the series follows Margaret Wells (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 (Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret fights back, even if it means putting her family at risk. Brown Findlay will star 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.

Harlots spoilers

Margaret Wells’ brothel is in a down-trodden area of the capital, but she’s making her move upwards, aiming to move her family and her girls and take a new house in the vibrant new area of Soho.

Margaret is determined to take her piece of the wealth of this great city. She is hungry for success – even when her ambition begins to threaten everything she cares for.

But Lydia Quigley - owner of one of the most fashionable, successful, and unhappy brothels in Soho - has other ideas. When Margaret’s brothel is raided, Margaret realises her ambition has roused an enemy, and stirred up an old feud.

As they risk losing everything, how much will Margaret and her daughters have to sacrifice to keep the brothel, and the Wells family afloat?

ITV Encore is available on Sky channel 123.

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