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 2 premiered on BBC Entertainment on Monday 2 November 2009, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are six episodes in the second season.
Season 2 Repeats
In the second season of Mistresses, Sarah Parish, Sharon Small, Shelley Conn and Orla Brady reprise their roles as good friends Katie, Trudi, Jessica and Siobhan.
Fans of the first season will see the return of many of the men that kept the four friends' lives in various states of joy and pain.
Patrick Baladi (Richard), Raza Jaffrey (Hari), Adam Rayner (Dominic) and Adam Astill (Simon) have some competition on their hands with handsome newcomers to the hit series including Oliver Milburn (Holby Blue) and Steven Brand (The Scorpion King); and actress Natasha Little (This Life) also joins the cast.
Twelve months have elapsed and Katie, Trudi, Jessica and Siobhan’s friendship remains as strong as ever, despite all their personal trials.
Struggling to learn from their past mistakes, the 30-something women face new dilemmas, though the root of their problems remains the same - men and sex!
Will they ever find true happiness?
After her married lover's death and her ill-advised affair with his son, Katie has sworn off men for good and is trying to make some changes in her life, starting with a new direction in her career.
However, retraining at her local hospital throws Katie into the path of two gorgeous men; heart surgeon Dan (Mark Umbers), who appears to offer a chance of lasting stability and happiness, and Jack (Brand), an old flame who is her new boss and married to Megan (Little).
Surviving the shock of her husband pretending to have perished in the 9/11 disaster, Trudi swaps her $2m compensation money for the arrest of her fraudulent ex-partner and chaotic family bliss with Richard.
But the domestic harmony doesn't last long and she realises that Richard may not quite be the man she thought he was.
It hasn't taken too long for party planner Jessica to rebound from her first bruising encounter with love. Dumped by her married girlfriend, Jessica is with a man who is her mirror image - Mark (Milburn).
It's the perfect arrangement; they're both beautiful, love the high life, fancy each other like mad and have no time for monogamy. However, an open relationship might sound great on paper but is Jessica's life as perfect as she makes out?
Lawyer Siobhan faced the biggest dilemma of all. Finally pregnant after years of trying, her longed-for baby is not her husband Hari's but colleague Dominic's (Rayner), with whom she had a passionate affair.
Siobhan and Hari are trying to rebuild their marriage as Siobhan juggles first-time motherhood, her exacting career and permanent tension, and she's nursing a dark secret that could cost her everything...
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