BBC ‘s Harlots has viewers gripped thanks to the enthralling drama, plot twists, and dark humour.
Set in Georgian London, the show follows the rivalry of Madams Margaret Wells ( Samantha Morton ) and Lydia Quigley ( Lesley Manville ), as they run their competing brothels and try to attract the city’s finest gentlemen.
When it first aired the show ran for three series, but it’s currently back on BBC Two.
Although the show is set in 18th century London, it wasn’t actually filmed in the English capital.
Instead, the bulk of filming took place at Langleybury Mansion , located northwest outside of Watford.
The grandiose house dates back to the 1720s, and boasts its own farm and sprawling estate – meaning there were ample spots for filming scenes in Harlots.
Some of the property is decrepit, which were used for shots set in Greek Street and scenes with the Wells family.
However, some of the elegant rooms downstairs are still in great condition, which made them the ideal setting for the apartments in in Lydia Quigley’s house.
Harlots isn’t the only hit to have been filmed here. The mansion has often served as a filming location including for films St Trinians and The Little Stranger.
It wasn’t just Langleybury Mansion that was used for creating Georgian London.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham with its cobbled streets and Georgian architecture was an ideal location, and used for a series of backdrops during the show.
In fact, the Tarred Yarn Store there doubled up as a tavern throughout the series.
Chiswick House , an English Heritage site just west of London, was also used to create 18th century London backdrops, no doubt having caught the attention of the production crew with its intricate architecture and beautiful gardens.
Meanwhile, Fitzroy Square was one of the few real London locations which featured in the series – the square boasts Georgian architecture which no doubt made it ideal.
- You can watch the first two seasons of Harlots on BBC iPlayer. The third series will air from Wednesday 21st October at 9pm on BBC Two.