Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.
Reviews
Popularity
2,741 ( 332)

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2011  
4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Daniel Deronda (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.

Stars: Jodhi May, Edward Fox, Amanda Root
Emma (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit - matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her... See full summary »

Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller
The Way We Live Now (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

Stars: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.

Director: Tim Fywell
Stars: Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Bill Nighy
Bleak House (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan
Little Dorrit (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay
He Knew He Was Right (TV Mini-Series 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Louis Trevelyan's refusal to trust his wife, Emily, destroys their marriage.

Stars: Oliver Dimsdale, Christina Cole, Laura Fraser
South Riding (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1930s Yorkshire, a spirited new headmistress brings inspiration and modern ideas to an all girls' school and shakes up the more conservative-minded residents of South Riding.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, David Morrissey, Penelope Wilton
Vanity Fair (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the ... See full summary »

Stars: Natasha Little, Frances Grey, Philip Glenister
Angel (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The rise and fall of a young eccentric British writer, in the early 20th century.

Director: François Ozon
Stars: Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Lucy Russell
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman who moves to 19th Century Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves
Persuasion (TV Movie 2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Shergold
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Krige, Rupert Penry-Jones
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Sugar (4 episodes, 2011)
...
 William Rackham (4 episodes, 2011)
...
 Mrs. Agnes Rackham (4 episodes, 2011)
...
 Mrs. Emmeline Fox (4 episodes, 2011)
...
 Clara (4 episodes, 2011)
Eleanor Yates ...
 Letty (4 episodes, 2011)
...
 Lady Constance Bridgelow (4 episodes, 2011)
...
 Doctor Curlew (4 episodes, 2011)
James Wilson ...
 Christopher (3 episodes, 2011)
...
 Janey (3 episodes, 2011)
Isla Watt ...
 Sophie Rackham (3 episodes, 2011)
Tom Georgeson ...
 Henry Rackham Senior (3 episodes, 2011)
...
 Caroline (3 episodes, 2011)
...
 Cheesman (3 episodes, 2011)
...
 Bodley (3 episodes, 2011)
...
 Ashwell (3 episodes, 2011)
...
 Mrs. Castaway (2 episodes, 2011)
...
 Henry Rackham Junior (2 episodes, 2011)
Wendy Nottingham ...
 Miss Beatrice Cleave (2 episodes, 2011)
...
 Colonel Leek (2 episodes, 2011)
...
 Fireside Whore 1 (2 episodes, 2011)
Sarah Ridgeway ...
 Fireside Whore 2 (2 episodes, 2011)
Izabella Urbanowicz ...
 Fireside Whore 3 (2 episodes, 2011)
Edit

Storyline

Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 April 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Pétalo carmesí, flor blanca  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When asked about his nudity in the miniseries at the Starz/Encore portion of the Television Critics Association summer tour in Beverly Hills (via satellite from London), Chris O'Dowd said he thought it was important to the character: "Guess it was just necessary. It would feel very, very silly to be skittish about such things [because] Romola [Garai] is going so far with those things [in her performance]". Also, commenting on his costar Romola Garai and their characters, he said "Romola's such a professional and such a wonderful actor and we kind of made it work... These characters are so selfish and actors aren't the most selfless persons in the world, so combine those two things and it had its ups and downs." See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 6 April 2011 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
"Heartrending, epic, historic and dramatic..."
12 April 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

British screenwriter, producer and director Marc Munden's fifth television miniseries which was written by English screenwriter and playwright Lucinda Coxon, is an adaptation of a novel from 2002 by Dutch author Michel Faber and a UK-Canada co-production which was produced by producers David M. Thompson, Steve Lightfoot and Greg Dummett. It tells the story about an aspiring writer and inheritor of a family business called Rackham's Perfumery named William Rackham who lives in London with his mentally ill wife named Agnes whom he insists on keeping at home despite being advised by a doctor named Curlew to have her temporarily committed. After telling his father who expects him to manage the company about his future plans his allowance is taken away from him, but then William learns from two friends about a 19-year-old woman named Sugar who lives at a brothel and whom according to her reputation never disappoints.

Precisely and engagingly directed by British filmmaker Marc Munden, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated by the female protagonist, from multiple viewpoints and mostly from her's and the male main character's point of view, draws an intriguing portrayal of a somewhat reluctant heir who becomes so infatuated with an intelligent young prostitute that he makes arrangements with her Madame named Mrs. Castaway so that he can see her exclusively, his relationship with his spouse and the restrained relationship between his brother named Henry whom is becoming a clergyman and a woman who does work for the rescue society named Emmeline. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, sterling production design by production designer Grant Montgomery, cinematography by cinematographer Lol Crawley, costume design by costume designer Annie Symons, fine make-up by make-up artist Jacqueline Fowler and use of sound and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about social injustice, class distinctions, poverty and loss of innocence depicts two contrasting studies of character and contains a great instrumental score by composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer.

This literary, romantic, conversational and at times humorous period drama which is set in the capital of England in the mid-19th century during the Victorian Era (1837-1901) and where a woman who in order to survive has spent most of her life pleasing men and who whilst searching for her identity and writing a novel about all the atrocities done by males that she has witnessed and experienced meets and makes a lingering impression on a married and resourceful man who gets her away from a lifestyle she has dreaded for years, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, interrelated stories, colorful characters and involving acting performances by English actress Romola Garai, Irish actor Chris O'Dowd and Scottish actress Shirley Henderson. A heartrending, epic, historic and dramatic mystery.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Disappointing ending - we need more!!!! hal1900
The Battle for Sugar NeuroticMovieLover
who is cast in this? sara73
the dream cast karusichan
wish she was nicole kidman.. jeremiah28
I'm a bit torn apart by the announcement of this movie jellybane
Discuss The Crimson Petal and the White (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?