Mistresses

9:00pm Thursday 26 August on BBC ONE

A bitter row causes a rift between the friends as Sharon Small, Orla Brady, Shelley Conn and Sarah Parish star in the last episode of Mistresses

Joanna Lumley will be a part of BBC One’s Mistresses it has been announced.

The actress has signed on to appear in the third season of the series playing Katie’s mother Vivienne.

“I’m thrilled to have been asked to join this talented cast for this finale of this hugely popular series.” She told TV Times.

64-year-old Lumley will join regulars Sarah Parish, Orla Brady, Sharon Small and Shelley Conn in the third season of the series, which will screen on BBC One in autumn.

Source: Digital Spy

Sarah Parish, Sharon Small, Orla Brady and Shelley Conn are back with a brand new series of Ecosse Films’ hit series, Mistresses, Jay Hunt announced at the BBC One Autumn launch.

The BBC has commissioned a third and final outing of the popular drama that follows four friends supporting each other through the complexities of life.

Katie (Parish), Trudi (Small), Siobhan (Brady) and Jessica (Conn) have all had their fair share of men troubles over the years, but the new series, which consists of four hour-long episodes, looks more intently at the relationship between the four women.

The final instalment of Mistresses will focus on love, betrayal, loss, forgiveness and, most of all, the enduring power of female friendship.

Ecosse Films’ executive producer, Lucy Bedford, said: “We are delighted to have all four lead actresses back for a third series. The strong bond they have formed over the last couple of years translates brilliantly onto the screen.

“These episodes will see the characters’ friendship tested to the max.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, added: “Mistresses – The Last Act is a final four-part special event that will bring the stories of the four mistresses to a dramatic conclusion on BBC One next year.

“Simply and elegantly bookended by a mysterious glimpse into the future, all the four women will be returning – Katie, Trudi, Siobhan and Jessica – with new and sometimes shocking stories.”

Mistresses will start filming in Bristol later this year for transmission in 2010 on BBC One.

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Having moved on from her lesbian lover, Jessica has been swept off her feet by playboy Mark, and the ultimate commitment-phobe is getting married.

But, as ever with Jessica, things are not straight forward and it transpires, when she starts kissing a handsome stranger on her hen do, that her marriage is going to be of the ‘open’ variety.

Katie’s suspension from practicing medicine has come to an end and she is ready for her first day as House Officer on the oncology ward, where her new boss just happens to be Jack, her old flame from medical school.

Katie has sworn off men, but it doesn’t take long before she attracts the attention of Dan, a surgeon at the hospital. Reluctantly Katie gives in to Dan and invites him on a strictly platonic date to Jessica’s wedding.

Trudi’s and Richard’s relationship is going from strength to strength, but money is tight and life is chaotic. Trudi decides to take matters into her own hands and start a cake baking business.

With all the talk of weddings and romance, Trudi starts to feel there’s something lacking in her relationship and when Richard suggests out of convenience they should live together, her romantic sensibilities are offended.

Meanwhile, to those on the outside Siobhan seems to be living the perfect life with house-husband Hari and daughter Elsa. Even Elsa’s biological dad, Dominic, has visitation rights and things are civil.

However, Siobhan and Hari’s relationship is far from perfect and Siobhan is hiding a very dark secret…

At Jessica’s and Mark’s beautiful white wedding the bride isn’t the only one to make a life-changing decision. Siobhan and Hari agree they need to get their marriage back on track, Katie finally lets a man into her life and Trudi and Richard both have huge questions for each other…

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