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Series 1-Episode 1

Series 1-Episode 1

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A classy piece of titillation adapted from the 18th-century erotic novel by John Cleland. While there’s an impressive cast (including Alison Steadman, Hugo Speer and Samantha Bond) Fanny is played by newcomer Rebecca Knight, who skilfully manages the transformation from luminous innocent to experienced prostitute. But what lifts this drama above the tawdry is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously: some of the dialogue – too saucy to print here – will certainly make you giggle.

A repeat of Andrew Davies’s two-part adaptation, first shown in 2007.


First in a two-part adaptation of John Cleland's bawdy novel, starring Rebecca Night as a young Lancashire woman who battles to attain respectability after falling into a life of ill repute in 18th-century London.

Cast & Crew

Mrs Coles Samantha Bond
Mrs Brown Alison Steadman
Mr Crofts Philip Jackson
Mr H Hugo Speer
Fanny Rebecca Night
Charles Alex Robertson
William Richard Riddell
Emma Joanna Miller
Director James Hawes
Producer Nigel Marchant
Writer Andrew Davies
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