Created by: Alison Newman and Moira Buffini
Written by: Moira Buffini, Jane English, Cat Jones and Debbie O’Malley
Starring: Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Lesley Manville, Eloise Smyth, Dorothy Atkinson, Alexa Davies and Bronwyn James
Production Company: Monumental Pictures, Independent Television (ITV)
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Already hotly debated in the press, ITV’s risqué eight part series, Harlots, takes us back to London 1763 when one in five women sold their body. The story follows brothel owner Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), her daughter Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) and their rival, Madam Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville).
The series was inspired by Jack Harris’ stories collected in Harris’s List of Convent Garden Ladies, a directory that contained a list of prostitutes, with their age, price and ‘specialities’.
The new drama stars Samantha Morton (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Rillington Place), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey and Victor Frankenstein), Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies, Another Year and Maleficent), Eloise Smyth (Ill Manors and The Frankenstein Chronicles), Dorothy Atkinson (Call the Midwife and Mr Turner), Alexa Davies (X + Y and Raised by Wolves) and Bronwyn James (Cut and Moving On).
The Tarred Yarn Store was featured as a tavern in various episodes.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location with variety of Georgian and Victorian architecture, maritime environment, dry dock, cobbled streets and industrial buildings. Call the Midwife (2012-present), SS-GB (2017) and The Crown (2016) are just a few of the productions that were filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Harlots premiers on ITV Encore on Monday 27th March at 10:00pm and on Hulu on Wednesday 29th March
For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.