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Everything you need to know about new BBC drama Age Before Beauty

Good Housekeeping UK logo Good Housekeeping UK 24/07/2018 Megan Sutton

Debbie Horsfield, the creator of BBC One’s Poldark, is bringing a new, totally different, drama to the channel this summer. Age Before Beauty is a six-part series, written by Horsfield, and set in a Manchester Beauty salon.

Age Before Beauty: Who’s in it?

The ‘family saga’ features a stellar cast including Robson Green (Grantchester), Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey), Lisa Riley (Three Girls) and Polly Walker (Mr Selfridge).

Also in the cast are James Murray (Him), Kelly Harrison (The Level), Vicky Myers (The Five) and Madeleine Mantock (Into The Badlands).

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Lisa Riley as Tina

Age Before Beauty: What’s it about?

Married to Wesley (James Murray) for 25 years, Bel (Polly Walker) has spent the last 18 years as a homemaker and mum to their twins - but having just waved them off to university, she now has a void in her life. Enter Teddy (Robson Green), brother-in-law and long-time best friend, begging her to step in and rescue the family business - a down-at-heel beauty salon in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

The salon employs her high-maintenance family: mother Ivy-Rae (Sue Johnston); sisters Leanne (Kelly Harrison) and Tina (Lisa Riley) and Heidi (Vicki Myers), who is mum to nine-year-old Disney.


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Sue Johnston as Ivy-Rae

Into the mix comes Personal Trainer Lorelei (Madeleine Mantock) who seems to have caught Wes's eye... can Bel reconcile the demands of her business, her warring family and the problems in her marriage?

Speaking about the drama, Debbie Horsfield said:

“Family has always played a large role in my work and I enjoy exploring the dynamics between siblings and different generations. In Age Before Beauty we have three generations, aged from nine to late 60s, and we’ve been fortunate enough to assemble an extraordinary cast.

“It’s been fun to return to the world of contemporary Manchester after being immersed in 18th century Cornwall for the past few years, but in truth I’ve loved both worlds and would happily return to either and both!"

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Robson Green as Teddy

Debbie, who is also the mind behind hit early 00s series Cutting It, added:

"In 2001 I worked with Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes on a series called Cutting It, which was set in the world of hairdressing. Fifteen years on, Laura, Sally and I were discussing what had changed in the world of makeovers and personal grooming, and we agreed that women - and increasingly, men - had become much more obsessed with looking youthful. The anti-ageing side of the beauty industry had exploded in those intervening years so we thought it would be interesting to explore the impact on three generations of one family by using it as the backdrop to our saga.

Age Before Beauty: When is it on TV?

The show begins on Tuesday 31st July at 9pm on BBC One.

(Images: BBC)

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