Mistresses is a British serial drama television series created by SJ Clarkson and Lowri Glain and produced by Ecosse Films for BBC Drama, Wales that follows the lives of four women and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships.
The series aired in the UK on BBC One from 8 January, 2008 to 26 August, 2010. There are 16 hour-long episodes in three seasons.
Mistresses premiered in South Africa on DStv's BBC Entertainment channel on Tuesday 21 April 2009, at 20h30. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 1 aired on BBC Entertainment from 21 April to 26 May, 2009, on Tuesdays at 20h30. There are six hour-long episodes in the first season.
Season 1 Repeats
Mistresses is a sexy, sophisticated and modern take on the lives of four women and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships.
Mistresses is a contemporary drama which recounts the lives of four 30-something friends who each have a different experience of infidelity and love: devoted mistress; wronged wife; unwitting instigator; bed hopper.
The tangled web of love and deceit envelops all four with life-changing revelations, proving that life is not always greener on the other side.
Katie (Sarah Parish) is a well respected GP and the rock of the group. She has had an affair with a terminally ill patient for the last two years. Yet, despite being the group's confidante, she cannot reveal this burdensome secret to her friends.
Trudi (Sharon Small) is a 9/11 widow, unable to achieve closure as the body of her husband, Paul, was never found. She is trying to bring up their two daughters on her own whilst struggling with her conscience and coming to terms with her desire to move on with her life.
Following a "barren period" lasting several years, Trudi thinks she may actually have been "asked out" and finds herself regressing back to being an awkward teen on a string of disastrous dates with very handsome, single dad Richard (Patrick Baladi).
Siobhan (Orla Brady) seems to be living in wedded bliss with husband, Hari (Raza Jaffery), whilst following a successful career as a lawyer. The only problem is that her sex life has become less about "making love" and more about "making babies".
With the prospect of some red hot passion, and unable to control the frisson of chemistry with flirtatious colleague Dominic (Adam Rayner), she soon finds herself on the precipice of potential self-destruction.
Jessica (Shelley Conn) is a gorgeous, fun-loving, straight-talking commitment-phobe whose insatiable and adventurous sexual appetite makes her attractive to many men and a mistress to many, including her prat of a boss "simple" Simon (Adam Astill).
Her commitment to her friends is unshakable but Jessica shirks at any mention of the c-word in a relationship and marriage is the last thing on her to-do-list in life; an irony that's not lost on her when Simon asks her to organise a wedding for Lisa (Alys Thomas) and Alex (Anna Torv).
The series was written by Rachel Pole, Richard Warlow, Harriet Braun and Catrin Clarke and filmed in Bristol, UK.
Series exclusive to BBC Entertainment
Season 1 (6 episodes)
Premiere: 21 April 2009 | Finale: 26 May 2009 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Season 2 (6 episodes)
Premiere: 3 November 2009 | Finale: 8 December 2009 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Season 3 (4 episodes)
Premiere: 24 July 2011 | Finale: 14 August 2011 | Sundays, 20h00