Emily (Holli Dempsey) is desperate to escape Lydia (Manville)’s house, but when Lydia catches her, Emily is brutally punished. All her hopes rest with Charles (Douggie McMeekin), but should she risk his life in order to spare her own? Lydia has other troubles to deal with when she discovers one of the girls she procured has disappeared.
What is Cunliffe (Richard McCabe) really up to and can she risk being a part of it? Margaret is thrilled when Lord Fallon (Ben Lambert) shows an interest in Lucy (Eloise Smyth). But she will have to overcome her aversion if she is finally to snare herself a keeper. Charlotte (Brown Findlay) is also on the hunt for a new keeper, determined to leave Howard (Hugh Skinner). But when Haxby (Edward Hogg) discovers her intentions, events take a horrifying turn.
Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay star in this brand-new drama series about the world’s oldest profession. In 1763, London is the capital of the world, the most cosmopolitan place on Earth. One in five women in London is making her living selling sex. In some areas brothels, run by indomitable madams, are to be found on almost every street. The one run by Margaret Wells (Morton) has recently moved upwards, to the vibrant new area of Soho.
Harlots Episode 5 (of 8) airs on Monday 24 April 2017 from 10.00pm-11.00pm on ITVEncore.