BBC One is re-teaming with Debbie Horsfield – who developed the channel’s successful Poldark reboot – for Age Before Beauty, an hour-long drama series set in a beauty salon, TVWise has learned.
Age Before Beauty is set in a failing family run beauty salon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and will follow Bel, who after spending the past 18 years as a home-maker, steps in to save the family business. She will have to contend with the salon’s high-maintenance staff – her family. Family feuds and bitter rivalries, professional and personal, escalate in the salon amongst the Botox, fillers and face-lifts. Will secrets and lies destroy the family – or liberate it?
The hour-long drama, which has received and order for six episodes, is being penned by Horsfield and reunites the creative team behind her similarly themed 2000s BBC series Cutting It. Former ITV drama commissioners Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes, who served as executive producers on Cutting It, will also executive produce Age Before Beauty through their growing indie Mainstreet Pictures. Elizabeth Kilgariff will also executive produce.
“I’m thrilled to be working with long-term colleagues Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes again”, Debbie Horsfield said in a statement. “This will be our first collaboration since Cutting It, and we’re looking forward to turning the spotlight on the subject of ageing: growing older gracefully – or disgracefully!”
“Age Before Beauty has it all: a dysfunctional family, bitter rivalries and botox!”, added BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the series alongside Acting Controller of Drama Commissioning Lucy Richer. “BBC One is the proud home of Debbie Horsfield’s new contemporary series that is set to be the Cutting It for a new generation.”