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The Crimson Petal and the White 

Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.
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Series cast summary:
Romola Garai ...  Sugar 4 episodes, 2011
Chris O'Dowd ...  William Rackham 4 episodes, 2011
Amanda Hale ...  Mrs. Agnes Rackham 4 episodes, 2011
Shirley Henderson ...  Mrs. Emmeline Fox 4 episodes, 2011
Katie Lyons ...  Clara 4 episodes, 2011
Eleanor Yates ...  Letty 4 episodes, 2011
Elizabeth Berrington ...  Lady Constance Bridgelow 4 episodes, 2011
Richard E. Grant ...  Doctor Curlew 4 episodes, 2011
James Wilson James Wilson ...  Christopher 3 episodes, 2011
Clare Louise Connolly ...  Janey 3 episodes, 2011
Isla Watt Isla Watt ...  Sophie Rackham 3 episodes, 2011
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Henry Rackham Senior 3 episodes, 2011
Liz White ...  Caroline 3 episodes, 2011
Branwell Donaghey Branwell Donaghey ...  Cheesman 3 episodes, 2011
Blake Ritson ...  Bodley 3 episodes, 2011
Bertie Carvel ...  Ashwell 3 episodes, 2011
Gillian Anderson ...  Mrs. Castaway 2 episodes, 2011
Mark Gatiss ...  Henry Rackham Junior 2 episodes, 2011
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ...  Miss Beatrice Cleave 2 episodes, 2011
Alan Williams ...  Colonel Leek 2 episodes, 2011
Maimie McCoy ...  Fireside Whore 1 2 episodes, 2011
Sarah Ridgeway 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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Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2011 (UK) See more »

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The Crimson Petal and the White See more »

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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 »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release includes a scene "The Twins of Drury Lane" which does not appear in the broadcast version. See more »

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

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Magnificent
13 April 2011 | by jeanwinchesterSee all my reviews

I rarely write reviews. However...within two episodes, the BBC licence this year has been worth paying. And with gratitude. Quite fond of a Victorian drama, everything about this series is magnificent. The detail–underarm hair on women, the ugly charm of London in the nineteenth century, the wide open shots of the streets simply for a scene where one woman walks across the road–offering a tantalising view that the viewer could actually be there, the lighting, the makeup, the production, the acting, the direction... I did not recognise Gillian Anderson at all and had to refer to my paper. How far she has come. Chris O'Dowd I thought was an odd choice to begin with–but how he fitted in. Robert Sterne has to be congratulated. It is without a shadow of a doubt that the next two episodes will not disappoint. I must rush out and buy the book. First class.


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