Brief Encounters

A drama series on saucy underwear and sisterhood

You’ll be digging out your old leg warmers and ra-ra skirts after the opening episode of this nostalgic 1980s-set drama about Sheffield women who bond as they become party planners for racy underwear chain Ann Summers. Sophie Rundle will break your heart as mousy Steph, who blossoms when she starts to sell the risqué goods, but disapproving husband Terry (Karl Davies) causes turmoil. Penelope Wilton steals the show as the seemingly prim Pauline, who discovers hidden depths through the parties. She’s a far cry from Downton Abbey’s buttoned-up Isobel!