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Brief Encounters

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  • ITV
  • 2016-07-04T20:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins (6 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama
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Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin and Sharon Rooney star in this new drama series, set in the 1980s, about four women seeking fulfilment.
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12 episodes

Join the gutsy and glamorous women of Brief Encounters as they and the crew reveal fun facts from the set including recreating the 80s, female liberation and the casts immediate chemistry on set.

Discussing the challenges faced by her character Steph, Sophie Rundle reveals how the series fired up her imagination and how she recognises the importance of a series written by two women focused on the friendship of four women.

Angela Griffin reveals her love for the series, immediately after reading the script. Her character Nita's determination to drag her family out of the gutter and support Steph to help her own are admirable qualities that instantly drew her to becoming involved with the series.

Penelope Wilton reviews the liberation of her character Pauline and how her character mentors the younger characters in the series.

The hilarious Sharon Rooney, chats about her character Dawn and why she was immediately fond of her characters bubbly and confident personality and felt for the challenges she experienced growing up.

With a touch of glamour, gutsy humour and an overwhelming desire to improve their lot in life, four women in early '80s Sheffield juggle the pressures of family, husbands and making ends meet, striving for happiness and fulfillment. A chance meeting between Steph (Sophie Rundle Peaky Blinders) and Nita (Angela Griffin Lewis) kick starts a transformation as they grasp the opportunity to become Ann Summers party organisers. Pauline (Penelope Wilton Downton Abbey), for whom Steph is a cleaner, agrees to host a party, inviting amongst others the bubbly and confident Dawn (Sharon Rooney, My Mad Fat Diary). Via exotic lingerie the four unlikely friends blossom, gaining confidence and independence as their ambition is ignited.

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2016-07-04T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Steph persuades well-to-do Pauline to host an Ann Summers party, but are Pauline's friends really the right crowd to sell to?

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2016-07-11T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Steph has found out that her husband Terry slept with Lisa and believes that her marriage is over. Since her mother died, the bubbly and outgoing Dawn has felt trapped, looking after her father and three brothers who take her for granted. She can no longer stand living at home and asks for refuge at Pauline's house, much to Brian's annoyance. Nita is 23 weeks pregnant and her husband Kieren pleads with her to reconsider her decision to make an appointment with a doctor about having an abortion.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2016-07-18T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Steph is crowned saleswoman of the month, winning a top-of-the-range fridge freezer as the light-hearted drama series set in the 1980s continues. Dawn, Pauline and Nita all come round to admire the prize. Steph agrees to go out on a date, but is her husband really out of the picture? The next morning, she contemplates life without Terry while she slips her wedding ring on and off to see how it feels. With Dawn's help, Pauline decides to host her first party. Meanwhile, a guilt-ridden Kieren is distant from the chaos of the kids fighting before school. Nita is concerned, and soon makes an unwelcome discovery about the man she married.

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2016-07-25T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Business is going well, but Steph makes a serious mistake, as the light-hearted drama set in the 1980s about four women seeking fulfilment continues. With Terry suspended from work, the household is strapped for cash, which leads Steph to take a rash decision. Russell is being measured for his wedding suit, but continues to feel uncomfortable about the proposed scale of the ceremony, which causes Dawn to do some soul-searching. Nita thinks on her feet after Kieran is arrested, only to realise that she has got herself deeply involved in a dangerous subterfuge. Elsewhere, Pauline comes face to face with her past and does not like what she sees.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2016-08-01T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Preparations for Dawn's wedding are proceeding swiftly, as the light-hearted drama set in the 1980s about four women seeking fulfilment continues. After Nita asks Steph to help at a party for her aunt, Steph explains why her confidence has deserted her. She is later shaken by some news from Barry. Nita is desperate to find her son and calls in a favour. Steph tells Terry a few home truths at the registry office. Johnny's presence in the pub where the reception is being held does not help matters. Desperate to save her marriage, Pauline spins a complex web of lies. After an eventful evening, Steph makes her way to the police station

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2016-08-08T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Steph organises an Ann Summers event at a local night club, as the light-hearted drama set in the 1980s about four women seeking fulfilment concludes. Steph realises that Pauline has been lying to Johnny but picks an inopportune moment to confront her about the matter. Brian has things to say to Dawn and Russell, who has been asked to model at the event. Nita demands that Kieran take action to keep Dougie away from the family. At the event itself, Pauline drops a bombshell, the male model disappears and a woman from head office turns up unannounced. All things considered, this is not the best time for Nita to go into labour.

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