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Andrew Davies (screenplay)
John Cleland (novel)
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Release Date:
22 October 2007 (UK) See more »
Orphaned by smallpox, young Lancashire country lady Fanny Hill cheerfully accepts her friend Esther... See more »
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A fun period romp with good tone and delivery See more (5 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 12)

Rebecca Night ... Fanny Hill (2 episodes, 2007)

Alison Steadman ... Mrs. Brown (2 episodes, 2007)

Hugo Speer ... Mr. H (2 episodes, 2007)

Emma Stansfield ... Esther Davies (2 episodes, 2007)
Joanna Miller ... Emma (2 episodes, 2007)
Carli Norris ... Phoebe (2 episodes, 2007)

Ruth Sheen ... Mrs Jones / ... (2 episodes, 2007)

Samantha Bond ... Mrs. Cole (2 episodes, 2007)

Claire Murphy ... Louisa (2 episodes, 2007)
Alex Robertson ... Charles Standing (2 episodes, 2007)

Philip Jackson ... Mr. Croft (2 episodes, 2007)

Series Directed by
James Hawes (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
John Cleland (unknown episodes)
Andrew Davies (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Sally Head .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Nigel Marchant .... producer (unknown episodes)
Eleanor Moran .... executive producer: BBC (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Rob Lane (unknown episodes)
Rohan Stevenson (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
James Aspinall (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Sue Wyatt (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Marilyn Johnson (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
David Roger (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Art Direction by
Kate Evenden (2 episodes, 2007)

Mari Lucaccini (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Jo Kornstein (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Costume Design by
Lucinda Wright (unknown episodes, 2007)
Series Makeup Department
Catherine Davies .... supervising hair & make up artist (unknown episodes, 2007)
Sallie Adams .... chief hair designer / chief makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amy Coop .... additional second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Paul Judges .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Emily Perowne .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Rachael Speed .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Lee Trevor .... first assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Neil Alexander .... dressing props (2 episodes, 2007)
Dave Williams .... property assistant / props (2 episodes, 2007)

Matilda Wainwright .... stand-by art director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Alun Banks .... sound maintenance (unknown episodes)
Nigel Edwards .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Laurence Gale .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Les Honess .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Blair Jollands .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Harris .... electrician (2 episodes, 2007)
Greg Murray .... grip assistant (2 episodes, 2007)

Aaron Walters .... best boy (unknown episodes, 2007)
Richard Brierley .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Sandra Coulson .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
John Hembrough .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Jo McIvor .... camera trainee (unknown episodes)
Angus Muir .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Gavin Walters .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting (unknown episodes)
Emma Callinan .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
David Cooper .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Hayes .... costume assistant (2 episodes, 2007)

Sally Davis .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
Cristy Watson .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Matt Berkeley-Lobato .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2007)
Perry Gibbs .... colorist (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Transportation Department
Steve Rivenell .... cast driver: Rebecca Night (2 episodes, 2007)
Martin Walsh .... facilities driver (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Other crew
Gillian Clarke .... script editor (2 episodes, 2007)
Ray Leek .... titles designer (2 episodes, 2007)

Angus Finlayson .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Chris Judd .... floor runner: re-shoots (unknown episodes)

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60 min (2 episodes)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Mrs. Coles:Think of it as a temporary strategem. Spend a little time on your back to get back on your feet, so to speak.See more »
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A fun period romp with good tone and delivery, 15 June 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Fanny is a young innocent lass from Yorkshire who meets a new friend as she heads to London. She finds herself fortunately falling into the care of Mrs Brown and her home for young women. Fanny quickly finds that Mrs Brown's girls are not really keeping their virtue for the right young man but rather are loose women available for payment. With a terrible first experience, Fanny flees Mrs Brown with a young man who she loves and loves her. Things appear to be on the up for the innocent young girl, but soon she is back in harm's way with little to fall back on but her innocent appeal.

I dismissed this when it came out originally because to me it just looked like another bodice ripper with sex and nudity served up in a "high-brow" package that makes it OK in a way that, for example, nudity in frat-style comedies is crude and wrong. This father snobbish attitude did put me off, plus the fact that my experiences of Andrew Davies suggested that he starts with the sexual content and then works backwards to the substance – an approach that doesn't always work for me. However I decided to give Fanny Hill a go (oh-err missus) and I'm glad I did because it was enjoyable in a big romping sort of way. The nudity is of course quite explicit for what older viewers will be used to but it is well done because it fits the overall upbeat mood of the film.

To my mind there was an element of risk with this because think how tasteless it would have been if the mood hadn't worked, after all this is a story about a woman given into prostitution and left with little option but to have sex with multiple partners in order to survive. To suggest that this may not be the subject of a fun drama special is not that unreasonable given the problems of people trafficking. But it does work and the device of having Fanny narrate her own story with a cheeky tone of voice and happy reflection; this allows the viewer to relax – after all if she is fine with it, we can be too.

The story is engaging and I was interested in the character so that the sex and nudity was not the "all" of the film but rather just an element of the telling. Hawes' direction is good but the sets and costumes deserve mention – they are not convincing in regards the period but they are very good in regards the genre standards and in this way it all works. Night leads the cast really well with a cheerfully big performance but yet also with a certain amount of emotion and genuine feeling. Her support is all good as well, with everyone on the same genre page. Bond, Stansfield, Sheen, Steadman and others all do good work.

Fanny Hill was promoted and discussed in regards the sexual content but this is doing it a disservice because it is more than that. The tone and style is all about being a bawdy romp and it works, covering the rather unsavoury aspects of the story. Ultimately it is a typical BBC period romp but it is an enjoyable and entertaining example thereof, with good delivery all round.

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