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Mistresses (U.K series)
Production Information
Production Company
Filming Location
Show Information
Original Run

8 January 2008 – 26 August 2010

Number of Series
  • Three
Number of Episodes
  • Sixteen
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Mistresses is a British serial drama television programme that follows the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships. The programme was written by Rachel Pole, Richard Warlow, Harriet Braun & Catrin Clarke and directed by SJ Clarkson, Philip John & Peter Hoar. Pprogramme's eecutive producers were Matt Arlidge, Douglas Rae & Lucy Bedford. It was filmed in Bristol by Ecosse Films for BBC Drama, Wales.

The first series was broadcast on BBC One from 8 January to 12 February 2008 in a six-episode run. A second series of six episodes aired from 17 February to 24 March 2009. Mistresses returned for a third and final series comprising four episodes on 5 August 2010.

Filming Locations

Locations used for filming other than Bristol: The wedding sequences in episode 1 of series 2 were shot in the gardens and cloister of Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. Siobhan's flings in series 2 are filmed in a suite at the Bath Spa Hotel.


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Katie Roden (Sarah Parish) is a General practitioner who, at the beginning of series one, is having an affair with John Grey, a terminally ill patient whom she later helps commit physician assisted suicide. After John's death, his son, Sam, discovers evidence of this. Distraught, he confides in Katie, unaware of her role in his father's life and they begin a reluctant relationship as she struggles with her grief and guilt over helping John die. Ultimately, unable to lie any longer, Katie tells Sam, who informs his mother and the authorities resulting in Katie being suspended from work for a year.

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Trudi Malloy (Sharon Small) is a 9/11 widow and mother of two, who is convinced her husband, Paul, is still alive. In the first episode, she receives a cheque from a 9/11 bereavement fund worth around £1 million and begins seeing Richard, a single father whose daughter goes to the same school as Trudi's daughters. A woman, Sally, makes contact with Trudi, claiming she was Paul's lover while he was in New York and that they have a son together. Trudi decides to split the money with Sally in order to provide for the son Paul fathered with her, but is stunned to discover that she was right all along - Paul is alive, and used 9/11 as an excuse to carry out his plan of leaving Trudi for Sally. Trudi informs the authorities and returns the bereavement money.

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Jessica Fraser (Shelley Conn) is an event planner who has had a string of lovers including her boss, Simon, and who doesn't get involved in committed, long-term relationships. In the first episode, she is organizing a wedding for a lesbian couple and strikes up a friendship with one of the brides, Alex. There's clear chemistry between the pair and Jessica realises that she has feelings for Alex, which later become complicated when she begins to fall in love with her. After seeing the trouble caused by her friend Siobhan's infidelity, Jessica breaks off the relationship, despite Alex's offer to leave her partner for Jessica.

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Siobhan Dhillon (Orla Brady) is a successful lawyer. She and her husband, Hari, have been trying to start a family for some time and Siobhan is weary of his obsession with their fertility issues. She flirts with and eventually has a brief affair with a colleague, Dominic. Upon seeing a specialist, Hari discovers that he is infertile, but the doctor suggests IVF treatment. Before this can take place, Siobhan is shocked to discover she is pregnant and realises the baby must be Dominic's. Initially, she lets Hari think that he is the father but eventually admits the affair. Hari is heartbroken but nonetheless (after a brief split) agrees to take Siobhan back and raise the child as their own.

Viewing figures

Series Episode number Original airing Total viewers Series viewer average
1 1 8 January 2008 5.05m 4.87m


2 15 January 2008 4.92m
3 22 January 2008 4.76m
4 29 January 2008 4.63m
5 5 February 2008 4.73m
6 12 February 2008 5.12m
2 1 17 February 2009 5.28m 4.76m
2 24 February 2009 4.16m
3 3 March 2009 4.84m
4 10 March 2009 ?
5 17 March 2009 4.37m
6 24 March 2009 4.63m
3 1 5 August 2010 4.64m 4.67m
2 12 August 2010 4.42m
3 19 August 2010 4.84m
4 26 August 2010 4.78m

DVD Releases

The first series was released on DVD in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 4 February 2008. The second series was released on 30 March 2009.

International Broadcasts

The following table lists the countries in which Mistresses airs or has been aired internationally.

Country Network(s) Series premiere Timeslot
Australia Seven Network 29 April 2008 Tuesdays, time 21:30[2]
Belgium Canvas January 2009 Fridays, 21:10
Bulgaria BNT 1 2010 Unknown
Czech Republic Czech Television September 2010 Wednesdays, 22:20
Finland YLE 1 January 2010 Fridays, 22:00
France Téva November 2008 Unknown
France Arte August 2009 (series 2) Unknown
Germany WDR 16 July 2009 Thursdays, 22:00
Hungary M1 February 2011 Mondays, 22:40 [3]
Ireland RTÉ One 23 June 2009 Mondays, 21:30
Israel HOT Airs via VOD N/A
New Zealand TV One 5 November 2008 Wednesdays, 20:30
Russia Channel One 30 July – 7 August 2008 23:30
Serbia RTS1 Serbia 22 March 2009 Sundays, 23:00
Spain 8tv (Catalonia) 2 June 2012 Saturdays
Sweden TV4 Summer 2009 Unknown
Switzerland SF zwei 17 November 2008 Mondays, 21:40
United States BBC America 20 February 2009 Fridays, 20:00

U.S. Remakes

Lifetime (TV network) produced a Mistresses's pilot episode in 2009 which was never picked up to series. Coincidentally, Alyssa Milano's Charmed costar Holly Marie Combs was to star and produce it.

ABC commissioned another Mistresses version, which began in 2012, starring Yunjin Kim in the role of Karen (based on Katie from the UK series),[4] Rochelle Aytes as April (based on Trudi from the UK series), Jes Macallan as Josslyn (based on Jessica from the UK series),[5] and Alyssa Milano as Savi (based on Siobhan from the UK series).[6]


No. in


Title Original air date U.S. viewers


1 "Episode One" 8 January 2008 5.05m
2 "Episode Two" 15 January 2008 4.92m
3 "Episode Three" 22 January 2008 4.76m
4 "Episode Four" 29 January 2008 4.63m
5 "Episode Five" 5 February 2008 4.73m
6 "Episode Six" 12 February 2008 5.12m

No. in


Title Original air date U.S. viewers


1 "Episode One" 17 February 2009 5.28m
2 "Episode Two" 24 February 2009 4.16m
3 "Episode Three" 3 March 2009 4.84m
4 "Episode Four" 10 March 2009 4.41m
5 "Episode Five" 17 March 2009 4.37m
6 "Episode Six" 24 March 2009 4.63m

No. in


Title Original air date U.S. viewers


1 "Episode One" 5 August 2010 4.64m
2 "Episode Two" 12 August 2010 4.42m
3 "Episode Three" 19 August 2010 4.84m
4 "Episode Four" 26 August 2010 4.78m


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