TV Age Before Beauty (BBC-1 2017, Robson Green, Polly Walker) Published 2 years ago on June 1, 2017 Filming starts next week on the new Debbie Horsfield drama Age Before Beauty, a family saga set in a Manchester salon starring Robson Green (Granchester), Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey), Polly Walker (Paranoid) and James Murray (Him). The six-part BBC One drama, written by Horsfield (Poldark, Cutting It) and made by Mainstreet Pictures, is an exploration of youth, age, instant gratification and long-term relationships set within the beauty industry. At its heart is an unconventional family rife with sibling rivalries and unconventional parenting through the generations. Also starring in the series are Lisa Riley (Three Girls), Kelly Harrison (The Level),Vicky Myers (The Five) and Madeleine Mantock (Into the Badlands). Married to Wesley (Murray) for 25 years, Bel (Walker) has spent the last 18 years as a homemaker and mum to their twins, but having just waved them off to university, now has a void in her life. Enter Teddy (Green), brother-in-law and long-time best friend, begging her to step in and rescue the family business – a down-at-heel beauty salon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Like Bel, it could do with a bit of a face-lift. And possibly a clear-out, since it employs her high-maintenance family: mother Ivy-Rae played by Johnston (Northern Soul fanatic and spray tan technician), sisters Leanne (Harrison – part-time nail technician, part-time personal stylist), Tina (Riley -body artist aka tattooist) and Heidi (Myers – fillers and Botox, Cosmetic Surgery addict) mother to Disney, plump, seven year old wannabe Pageant Queen. Into the mix comes beautiful 20-something Personal Trainer Lorelei (Mantock) who seems to have caught Wes’s eye… can Bel reconcile the demands of her business, her warring family and the problems in her marriage? Executive Producer and Joint MD at Mainstreet Pictures, Sally Haynes, says: “It’s a tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s beautifully written characters that we have attracted such a brilliant cast to Age Before Beauty”. Laura Mackie, Executive Producer and Joint MD at Mainstreet Pictures, says: “We can’t wait to start filming Debbie’s wonderful multi-generational drama with such a fantastic mix of new and familiar faces”. cast Robson Green as Teddy Sue Johnston as Ivy-Rae Polly Walker as Bel James Murray as Wesley Lisa Riley as Tina Kelly Harrison as Leanne Vicky Myers as Heidi Madeleine Mantock as Lorelei key behind the scenes crew Debbie Horsfield as Writer/Executive Producer Laura Mackie as Executive Producer Sally Haynes as Executive Producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff as Executive Producer Guy De Glanville as Producer Paul Norton Walker as Director show type Drama broadcast from Currently in production 6×60 minute episodes network and production companies BBC One – Mainstreet BBCDebbie HorsfieldDramaElizabeth KilgarriffLaura MackieLisa RileyPolly WalkerRobson GreenSue JohnstonTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes3 hours ago Victorian Sensations: Seeing and Believing Series Final Wed 5 Jun on BBC Four In the final episode of this series, psychotherapist Philippa Perry explores how the late Victorian passion for science co-existed with... 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