Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling

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Brief Encounters

Producer Jo Willet Director Jill Robertson Starring
  • Sophie Rundle
  • Angela Griffin
  • Penelope Wilton
  • Sharon Rooney
    Production Company CPL
    Broadcaster ITV

    Inspired by Ann Summers CEO Jacqueline Gold's memoirs; Good Vibrations, Fay and Oriane's six-part series sees the lives of four women from Sheffield transformed when they embark on a new business venture selling lingerie and marital aids. 


    Sunday Times Pick of the Week

    "There is a strong undercurrent of female empowerment and friendship here, and the cast is excellent"

    Victoria Segal
    The Sunday Times

    Brief Encounters

    “As a depiction of a very British sexual revolution, it was as soapy as scented bubble bath, as light as gossamer knickers (that’s enough, ed). And, like a 1982 playlist on shuffle, the era-reminding hits kept on coming: Human League, Modern Romance, a moody climax of Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’... Now that’s what I call an ITV drama”

    James Jackson
    The Times

    Brief Encounters, ITV: five things you need to know about the Ann Summers comedy-drama

    “ITV have a new gem though, and it’s a perfect antidote to everything else on the small screen – a comedy-drama about the lingerie business in the Eighties”

    Ben Travis
    Evening Standard

    "Brief Encounters was drama by women, about women – but not just for women. It spoke of friendship and the struggle to find fulfilment. And not just with The Stallion"

    Michael Hogan
    The Telegraph

    Brief Encounters: these desperate housewives were funny and full of heart: review

    Fay Rusling and Oriane Messina’s script was full of wry references to “Blue Peter bring-and-buy sales” and “popping spare change in the spastic box." It was as if Victoria Wood had rewritten The Full Monty"

    Michael Hogan
    The Telegraph

    Brief Encounters, ITV

    “The characterisation is taken from the seaside postcards of Donald McGill, all slaps and tickles and how's your father, and it's been artificially inseminated by The Full Monty, where sex is the plucky entrepreneur's answer to Thatcherism”  

    Jasper Rees
    The Arts Desk
    Full Review

    Picture a Tupperware Party, but With Racier Products

    Neil Genzlinger
    The New York Times

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