ITV orders Ann Summers drama ‘Brief Encounters’

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ITV has announced the commission of a new drama series about the early days of the Ann Summers party plan business.

Set in the early 1980s, Brief Encounters begins filming next month and is inspired by chapters in Jacqueline Gold’s memoir, Good Vibrations.

The six-part series is created and written by Fay Rusling and Oriane Messina (Green Wing, Me & Mrs Jones).

ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November commented: “Brief Encounters is a refreshingly different domestic drama taking us back to the wonderful world of the 1980s. We’re really excited by this commission – it’s full of heart, story and great new characters and we’re very much looking forward to working with Danielle Lux, Arabella McGuigan and their production team at CPL.”

Executive producer Arabella McGuigan added: “Brief Encounters is gutsy, emotional, warm and surprising. Like the real Ann Summers saleswomen, through their camaraderie our women discover hidden strengths and an ability to come out fighting no matter what life throws at you. As wives, mothers and businesswomen they unleash talent and ambition – and they blossom. Fay and Oriane have crafted fascinating characters who are both dramatic and funny and we’re sure will appeal to an ITV audience.”

Brief Encounters introduces Steph, Pauline, Nita and Dawn as unlikely entrepreneurs who begin to sell exotic lingerie – to the dismay (and often delight) of their loved ones.

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