‘Brief Encounters’ trailer: First look at ITV’s Ann Summers drama

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ITV has released the first trailer for its upcoming drama series about the early days of the Ann Summers party plan business.

Set in the early 1980s, Brief Encounters stars Sharon Rooney, Penelope Wilton, Angela Griffin and Sophie Rundle as “four women striving to find happiness and fulfilment.”

The six-part series is created and written by Fay Rusling and Oriane Messina (Green Wing, Me & Mrs Jones), inspired by chapters in Jacqueline Gold’s memoir, Good Vibrations.

Watch the trailer…

Produced by Jo Willett (Birds of a Feather), Brief Encounters started filming in Sheffield in January and begins on ITV next month.

Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) is Pauline, whose sunny disposition hides a secret sadness. Peter Wight (Our Zoo) plays her husband, local butcher Brian.

Angela Griffin (Lewis) is Nita, a mix of grit and warmth, struggling to run a household with a husband, played by Don Gilet (EastEnders) who frequently strays onto the wrong side of the law.

Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) stars as young hairdresser, Dawn who has a lust for life. Her fiancé is Russell, the butcher’s apprentice, played by Will Merrick (Skins).

Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) is Steph, who feels invisible until Ann Summers party planning comes into her life. Karl Davies (Emmerdale) plays her husband, Terry.


Executive producer Arabella McGuigan commented last year: “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.”

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