Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.
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 Sugar (4 episodes, 2011)
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 William Rackham (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Mrs. Agnes Rackham (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Mrs. Emmeline Fox (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Clara (4 episodes, 2011)
Eleanor Yates ...
 Letty (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Lady Constance Bridgelow (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Doctor Curlew (4 episodes, 2011)
James Wilson ...
 Christopher (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Janey (3 episodes, 2011)
Isla Watt ...
 Sophie Rackham (3 episodes, 2011)
Tom Georgeson ...
 Henry Rackham Senior (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Caroline (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Cheesman (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Bodley (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Ashwell (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Mrs. Castaway (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Henry Rackham Junior (2 episodes, 2011)
Wendy Nottingham ...
 Miss Beatrice Cleave (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Colonel Leek (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Fireside Whore 1 (2 episodes, 2011)
Sarah Ridgeway ...
 Fireside Whore 2 (2 episodes, 2011)
Izabella Urbanowicz ...
 Fireside Whore 3 (2 episodes, 2011)
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Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.

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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 »

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A gripping and atmospheric Victorian drama
21 April 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Victorian-era drama, this 4-part adaptation of a Michel Faber book of the same name is right up my street. It is the story of a London prostitute called Sugar (played by Romola Garai) who takes the fancy of a well-to-do merchant Mr Rackham (Chris O'Dowd) and how their relationship develops. What starts of as a purely sexual thing, soon become much more than that and Sugar becomes increasingly involved in Mr Rackham's home and business life. The whole production is fantastic

  • from the stylistic direction right down to the set design, costumes,


music and acting. Romola Garia and Chris O'Dowd particularly stand out, as does Amanda Hale as the mentally disturbed wife. I have just finished watching the 3rd episode and did not want it to end, it was that gripping. I can't wait to read the book and only hope it is half as good as this series. I will definitely buy this when it comes out on DVD and watch it again. All in all, highly recommended!


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