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"The Crimson Petal and the White" on Encore is a four-part miniseries adapted from Michel Faber's best-selling novel (2002). The intimate psychological thriller reveals the underbelly of Victorian era London focusing on the travails of prostitute Sugar played by Romola Garai ("Atonement," "Amazing Grace"), with Chris O'Dowd ("Gulliver's Travels," "Bridesmaids") as William Rackham. The international cast includes Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") as brothel proprietor Mrs. Castaway, Shirley Henderson ("Harry Potter"), and Richard E. Grant ("Withnail and I").

"The Crimson Petal and the White" lifts the lid on the darker side of Victorian London to reveal a world seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion. This four-part miniseries tells the story of Sugar (Garai), an alluring, intelligent young prostitute who yearns for a better life away from the brothel she is attached to, run by the contemptible Mrs. Castaway (Gillian Anderson). Highly sought after and sexually adept, Sugar finds her only comfort in writing a secret novel in which a murderous prostitute takes revenge on her clients. Sugar's fortunes change when she meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (O'Dowd), who is saddled with pious brother Henry (Mark Gatiss) and fragile wife Agnes (Amanda Hale). Regular visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew (Richard E. Grant) leave Agnes unable to perform her wifely duties, and William finds Sugar a thrilling antidote to his dreary existence. As William's mistress, Sugar soon grows accustomed to her new life. Yet unbeknown to William, Sugar hatches a plan that will change their lives forever.

"The Crimson Petal and the White" is distributed internationally, excluding the U.K., by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) and was produced by Origin Pictures with Cité-Amérique for the BBC. It is produced by Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA Award winner, David M. Thompson ("The Lost Prince," "Revolutionary Road," "An Education," "Billy Elliot"). Adapted by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon ("The Heart of Me," "The Danish Girl") and directed by BAFTA Award-winning Marc Munden ("The Mark of Cain," "The Devil's Whore," "Vanity Fair").

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Network: Encore
Genre: Drama
Premiere Date: September 10, 2012
Production Companies:
Origin Pictures

Chris O'Dowd and Romola Garai in "The Crimson Petal and the White" Encore to Debut 'The Crimson Petal and the White' — Premiering on Friday, March 6, the intimate psychological thriller is a four-part miniseries, based on Michel Faber's bestselling novel, starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd and Gillian Anderson. Read more...

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