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Orphaned by smallpox, young Lancashire country lady Fanny Hill cheerfully accepts her friend Esther Davies's offer to join the London 'working girls' with Mrs. Brown, a madam who recruits her as charmingly fresh enough to wait, in-living, on gentlemen. The first night, her room- and bed-mate Phoebe starts her sexual 'education', next she revels in being fitted her first-ever fancy frock. Her first 'client', Mr. Crofts, is neither naive nor attractive, rather a paying old rapist who isn't satisfied. Then the party scene, where men are younger and more charming. Handsome merchant's son Charles Standing declares love at first sight and offers to take Fanny away. After a few heavenly days of young love, they intend to demands Sir's blessing for their marriage, but as the ogre actually was her unsatisfied customer, Charles is made to choose between her and his future and leaves for colonial India. Being destitute, Fanny accepts becoming the kept woman of Mr. H., an earl's wealthy brother, ... Written by
Although the word "fanny" is nowadays widely used as British slang for the female genitals, and has been since the 19th century, this connotation was unknown at the time when John Cleland wrote his novel. Consequently, lines such as Mrs Coles's "Be gentle with my little Fanny, sir" would not have been seen as double-entendres. See more »
When Mr. Norbert dies at climax after making love to Fanny, he collapses on top of her, falling toward her left side. But in the next shot while she is calling for help, he is collapsed on her right. See more »
[Mr. Crofts sees Fanny Hill for the first time and looks lustfully at her]
Very pretty. Very pretty. Come here, my dear. So you're fresh from the country, are you, Fanny?
And as innocent as the day she was born. That's guaranteed, warranted, signed and sealed, sir. The genuine article.
[whispers to Mr. Crofts]
And down below I guarantee you'll find she's as tight as the Chatsworth lock on the national safe deposit.
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Seemingly wealthy Fanny Hill (Rebecca Night) is writing her life story and explaining it to the audience. After the death of her parents, the poor simple country girl follows acquaintance Esther Davis to London Town. Unbeknownst to Fanny, Esther sells her to Mrs. Brown (Alison Steadman) who runs a brothel. Phoebe introduces her to sex and she is led into the world of prostitution. She and young nobleman client Charles Standing fall in love and they run away. They live happily renting a love nest from landlady Mrs. Jones. She loses her virginity to him. She's introduced to Charles' father but she recognizes him. Charles is taken and sent off to the far east by his father. Fanny has a miscarriage. Mrs. Jones threatens her with debtors' prison and forces her to take Mr. H (Hugo Speer) as her client.
This BBC mini-series tries to take the 18th century erotic literature seriously as a costume drama. It's sorta like taking 50 Shades after 200 years and treating it like Shakespeare. As such, I would rather skip the construction of Fanny telling her own story. It takes away from the drama and injects a lighter tone. There is no danger since her final state is revealed right away. Fanny Hill is more known as light erotica of its time. The acting is perfectly fine. While there is nudity, this tries to be more real and it's not such an erotica. I doubt the material works best this way. I am fine with attempting to make Fanny darker fare but this is TV and it's not doing that anyways.
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