StarzPlay Acquires UK Rights To ‘Harlots’ Months After It Was Dropped By ITV

More than three months after TVWise broke the news that ITV would not be airing future seasons of Harlots following the closure of ITV Encore, the series has found a new UK home.

StarzPlay – which is available in the UK on Amazon Prime via Amazon Channels – has secured the exclusive UK rights to the period drama after striking a deal with international distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The first season, which aired on ITV Encore back in 2017, will launch on the streaming service on Friday January 18th, while the show’s second season, which has never aired in the UK before, will launch on Thursday February 14th.

Harlots follows Margaret Wells and her daughters, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley, a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret will fight back, even if it means putting her family at risk.

The drama series is produced by ITV Studios label Monumental Pictures and stars Samantha Morton (Cider With Rosie), Lesley Manville (Maleficent), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Liv Tyler (The Lord Of The Rings). Harlots was penned by Viceroy’s House scribe Moira Buffini and is based on an original idea by Buffini and Alison Newman. The executive producers are Alison Owen, Debra Hayward, Alison Carpenter, Moira Buffini and Alison Newman.

In season two, Charlotte places herself in the home of arch-rival bawd Lydia Quigley, taking their toxic and deep-set rivalry to a dangerous new level. Entering this already explosive situation is enigmatic aristocrat Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam who has long-held secrets that keep her in the thrall of Lydia Quigley, but who will find an unexpected ally in Charlotte Wells. Hulu recently commissioned a third season, which is eyed for a 2019 premiere.

Harlots becomes the seventh exclusive acquisition for StarzPlay since it launched last year. The streaming service also holds the rights to fellow Hulu original Castle Rock, AT&T’s Audience network’s Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes, and Starz originals Counterpart, Sweetbitter, Vida, and the upcoming comedy Now Apocalypse. They also brought the final two season of The Royals to the UK after it was dropped by E! UK.

Check out the trailer below: