Age Before Beauty: BBC One’s Manchester-set drama gets a release date

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Age Before Beauty, a new BBC One drama set in a family-run salon in Manchester, will premiere on Tuesday 31st July at 9pm. The six-part series has been described by the BBC as “an exploration of youth, age, instant gratification and long-term relationships set within the beauty industry.”

Written by Debbie Horsfield of Cutting It and Poldark, the first series of Age Before Beauty is said to centre on “an unconventional family rife with sibling rivalries and unconventional parenting through the generations.”

Polly Walker stars as Bel, who has just waved her children off to university when her brother-in-law (Teddy, played by Robson Green) shows up and begs for her help to save his struggling salon.

Upon taking up this challenge, Bel meets numerous quirky characters: there’s Sue Johnston’s Ivy-Rae, who’s been described as a “Northern Soul fanatic and spray tan technician”; Kelly Harrison’s Leanne, “a part-time nail technician, part-time personal stylist”; Lisa Riley’s Tina, a “body artist aka tattooist”; and Vicky Myers’ Heidi, a “cosmetic surgery addict” who works on fillers and Botox. Also in the mix are Lorelei, a “20-something personal trainer” played by Madeleine Mantock, and Bel’s husband Wesley, who’s played by James Murray.

“It’s a tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s beautifully written characters that we have attracted such a brilliant cast to Age Before Beauty“, says executive producer Sally Haynes. Certainly, there are some big names in there.

You’ll get to see this impressive cast in action on July 31st, when Age Before Beauty kicks off at 9pm.

TV Wise / BBC