BBC Two will air all three series of the period drama Harlots, acquired by the channel from ITV Studios.

Set in an 18th century Georgian London ambience, Harlots is described as a 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 (Samantha Morton) and her daughters, as she tries to juggle the roles of mother and brothel madam.

When her business is threatened by Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), a rival madam, Margaret must valiantly resist, even if it means certain danger for her family. Brown Findlay stars as Charlotte, Margaret’s eldest daughter and the city’s most coveted courtesan, who begins to deal with her position in both society and her immediate family.

Harlots also stars Jessica Brown Findlay. Liv Tyler joins the cast in series two and three. Harlots was written by screenwriter Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre, Tamara Drewe). Series one and two will be aired back to back on BBC Two later this year and series three will air at a later date.

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