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In the violent world of 1874 London Sugar is a spirited prostitute in the brothel of grasping Mrs. Castaway. After her friend Elizabeth dies from injuries inflicted by two drunken clients ... See full summary »

Director:

Marc Munden

Writers:

Lucinda Coxon, Michel Faber (novel)

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Romola Garai ... Sugar
Gillian Anderson ... Mrs. Castaway
James Wilson James Wilson ... Christopher
Alan Williams Alan Williams ... Colonel Leek
Lydia Wilson ... Elizabeth
Shirley Henderson ... Mrs. Emmeline Fox
Eleanor Yates ... Letty
Amanda Hale ... Mrs. Agnes Rackham
Katie Lyons ... Clara
Elizabeth Berrington ... Lady Constance Bridgelow
Clare Louise Connolly ... Janey
Mark Gatiss ... Henry Rackham Junior
Chris O'Dowd ... William Rackham
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Henry Rackham Senior
Liz White ... Caroline
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Storyline

In the violent world of 1874 London Sugar is a spirited prostitute in the brothel of grasping Mrs. Castaway. After her friend Elizabeth dies from injuries inflicted by two drunken clients Sugar starts writing a book to expose Mrs. Castaway's customers. Another would-be writer is William Rackham,an accountant for his father's soap factory and in debt to Dr. Curlew for the care of his unstable wife Agnes. He visits the brothel on the recommendation of friends and is impressed by Sugar's literary erudition,as well as her bedside manner.She even encourages him to do more in the family business and he becomes her regular patron. Ironically his brother Henry is smitten by Dr. Curlew's widowed sister,philanthropic Mrs. Fox,who is trying to help prostitutes to better lives. Out of interest Sugar comes to look at William's house and waves to Agnes whom she sees at a window. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK | Canada

Release Date:

6 April 2011 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

When the book was going to be adapted into a BBC mini series, Lucinda Coxon really wanted to adapt it because she "just felt as though she understood how to do it, in a way she hadn't previously [in 2002, when the novel was going to be a full feature film]. Previously, she had thought that it was an extraordinary book, but she didn't know how to do it". This time, for the mini series, she just thought, she "knew exactly what this needs to be." See more »

Goofs

When William Rackham receives a final demand bill from the coal merchant, the total does not match the sum of the items: October £6 15s, November £8 10s, penalty payment 10s, which should add up to £15 15s. However the total shown on the bill is only £15. See more »

Quotes

Young Prostitute: My hand is yours for a shilling, sir. And any other part for two.
Henry Rackham Junior: Please, cover yourself up. Your body parts are not yours to sell. They belong together, and the whole belongs to God.
Young Prostitute: My hole belongs to anyone who's got two shillings, sir.
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Soundtracks

The Sunshine of Your Smile
(instrumental)
Music by Lilian Ray
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