12:21pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Hulu's Brothel Drama 'Harlots' Promises as Much Male Nudity as Female Nudity
Hulu is intending to even the playing field with its upcoming brothel drama Harlots.
The eight-part series — which stars Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay — promises to show as much male nudity as female nudity and tell its story from the perspective of women.
"It was very important to us from the beginning to make it about the female gaze. We were determined to make something different,” executive producer Alison Owen said Saturday during a panel for the drama at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. “Our hope from the beginning was, 'Everything from the whore's eye view.'"
Set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, Harlots explores the city's “most valuable commercial activity” (i.e. sex) based on the stories of real women. Written by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre), the drama is based on an original idea by Buffini and Alison Newman.
"It's a show about economics as much as it is a show about sex work," said Manville, who plays a madam who threatens Morton's character, Margaret Wells, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. “What the show does really well is show prostitution from every social angle."
Check out the trailer below.