Harlots is heading back to the UK. The period drama, which was originally commissioned by ITV Encore, is moving to Starzplay after the British commercial broadcaster opted not to pick up the second season.
The streaming service, which is available via Amazon Prime Video Channels and Virgin Media, will launch the Monumental Films-produced drama on Thursday 14 February – Valentine’s Day with all eight episodes dropping. Season one joins the subscription service on 18 January.
Harlots was originally a co-production between ITV’s pay-TV network Encore and Hulu but only the U.S. digital platform picked the show up for a second season, which launched on 11 July. It has subsequently been renewed for a third season.
The second season dives deeper into the feuds, betrayals, and carnal connections amongst the characters with Liv Tyler joining as a new series regular.
Inspired by the stories of real women, Harlots is a family drama as explored from the female perspective. 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 (Tyler) is drawn by Charlotte into the plot against Lydia, as well.
Harlots 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.
It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Starzplay, which launched in May, airs series such as Vida, Sweetbitter, Boss, Party Down, Survivor’s Remorse and The Royals, in the UK as well as titles including Mr Mercedes and Counterpart.