Harlots: How many seasons of Harlots are there?

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Harlots is the British-American period drama set in 18th century London about the world of prostitution and brothel wars. The series was created by Alison Newman and Moira Buffini and inspired by The Covent Garden Ladies by British historian Hallie Rubenhold. The series received critical acclaim and a huge fan base around the world. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Harlots.

How many seasons of Harlots are there?

Over the summer, period drama fans have enjoyed the return of Harlots to their screens.

The series originally aired in 2017 and 2018 on ITV Encore, but sadly only the first two seasons were shown.

Harlots continued to air on the US on Hulu and was only accessible to Starzplay customers in the UK.

As a result, many fans missed out on watching the third series of Harlots.

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Thankfully, the BBC confirmed the entire series of the female-led historical drama will air on BBC Two.

There are three seasons in total and the first two are available to stream and download on the BBC iPlayer now.

Episodes of season two continue to air every Wednesday evening on BBC Two.

Season three is expected to arrive shortly, airing on BBC Two every Wednesday just like the first two seasons.

The entire third series will also be available for fans to binge-watch in one go on via the BBC iPlayer.

Unfortunately, an official release date has not been given for Harlots season three at the moment.

Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.

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Why was Harlots cancelled?

Sadly, there are just three seasons of Harlots.

The female-led drama starred the likes of Oscar-nominated actress Lesley Manville, Downtown Abbey’s Jessica Brown-Findlay, Liv Tyler as Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam and The Walking Dead’s Samantha Morton as Margaret Wells.

The third and final season of Harlots aired in August 2019 and fans were devasted when the show came to an end.

According to Deadline, the decision came from Hulu after they decided to focus on original series.

Deadline reported: “The decision arrives as the streamer has added multiple original series as part of its FX on Hulu hub, with originals including Mrs America, Devs and the upcoming The Old Man and A Teacher, as well as a deep roster of library titles.”

Speaking exclusively to The Radio Times and other press, Harlots star Lesley Manville revealed her hopes for the fourth series of Harlots after the BBC release.

She said: “I hadn’t thought of that, I hadn’t thought of that at all.

“We finished season three and I think we all thought that was it.

“You know, there might be [a series renewal]! Let’s start writing the letters now.

“I’d always be interested – obviously I’d be interested, I had nothing but a pleasurable time doing all three series, and it was one of those blissful jobs, so I’d definitely [give] that a lot of consideration but it’s certainly not something that’s been talked about. Maybe you could start a campaign.”

Harlots is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now

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