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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Alex Robertson ...  Charles Standing 2 episodes, 2007
Philip Jackson ...  Mr. Croft 2 episodes, 2007
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Storyline

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 KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

BBC Four [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fanny Hill - Egy örömlány emlékiratai See more »

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Production Co:

Sally Head Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(2 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Fanny is trying to encourage Percival to make love to her. He is very naive and only knows how bulls and cows mate. His father and Mrs Coles are listening outside the bedroom door]
Percival Harding: Is it time to climb on your back now, Fanny?
Fanny Hill: [coyly] I think we may do it face-to-face.
Percival Harding: How shall we do that?
Fanny Hill: Like this. Suppose I lift my leg like this, then put my other one...
Mr. Harding: [shouts from outside the door] Come on, my son!
Percival Harding: [shouts excitedly to his father] It's in! It's in!
Mr. Harding: Oh, well done! Well done!
[...]
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Connections

Version of Russ Meyer's Fanny Hill (1964) See more »

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A thoroughly entertaining romp
18 November 2007 | by hesketh27See all my reviews

This adaptation of John Clelland's 18th century novel was broadcast on BBC4 recently. Telling the story of an innocent northern country girl who travels to London to seek her fortune it certainly gallops along at an entertaining pace. Along the way, Fanny falls into the clutches of brothel keeper Mrs. Brown, finds her true love, finishes up in the gutter and finally....well, you'll have to watch it yourself to find out! The cast ranges from beautiful to grotesques, all play their parts with gusto and the tongue in cheek script provides enough material for all of them to shine. Everyone looks as if they are enjoying themselves. Made with the BBC's usual high production values and eye for historical accuracy, it's naughty, it's bawdy and an enjoyable, lighthearted piece of entertainment. I'm sure that this will eventually find its way onto BBC 2, it certainly deserves a wider audience - so keep an eye out for it and enjoy!


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