PICK OF THE DAY
HARLOTS, H 9PM, BBC2
THE battle of the 18th-century brothels continues with this second series, following hot on the heels of series one. All is not well in the disorderly house of Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) while her eldest, Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay), is ensconced in the house of her rival, Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville). The bawdy wordplay remains a highlight, along with Morton and Manville as the bitter queen bees. This series also introduces Liv Tyler (pictured centre with Eloise Smyth, Morton, Manville and Findlay) as troubled aristocrat Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam, into whom Mrs Quigley has sunk her claws.