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The Crimson Petal and the White

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Director Marc Munden Writer Lucinda Coxon Starring
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Romola Garai
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    Production Company Origin Pictures
    Broadcaster BBC

    Adapted from Michael Faber's bestselling novel, this four-part series was first aired on BBC2 on 6th April 2011.

    Starring Romola Garai as the prostitute who never disappoints, Sugar, and Chris O'Dowd as William Rackham, the series dives into the dirty underbelly of Victorian London as Sugar attempts to improve her fortune through her relationship with William. Mark Gatiss and Gillian Anderson also star as William's brother and a Victorian brothel owner respectively.

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    Reviews

    fabulous...There is a kind of nightmarish glamour to the whole thing...a story and an execution that will yet come to bite complacent viewers firmly on the ass Lucy Mangan
    The Guardian

    a deep, dark treat. It could turn out to be if not the most original then still the outstanding drama of the year. Andrew Billen
    The Times
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    dark, engrossing and very hard to resist Keith Watson
    Metro

    This lively adaptation... starts very promisingly indeed. The script is zingy, the setting filthy and corpulent, and there's plenty of mystery to be unravelled by the impressive cast Rebecca Nicholson
    The Guardian

    compelling, beautifully shot and vividly acted
    The Telegraph
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    this adaptation takes traditional costume drama and treats it with an almost surreal sexual abandon David Chater
    The Times
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    This isn't your usual poised and primped costume drama...it's period drama for fans of David Lynch David Butcher
    Radio Times
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