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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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crimson Petal and the White See more »

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Trivia

The title comes from Alfred Lord Tennyson's 1847 poem 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal'. 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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This series soars on the wings of an angel
14 September 2018 | by nancyldraperSee all my reviews

I'm so glad I was not dissuaded by the brutality and raw portrayals that set the scene for this series. Once the moral and physical decay is established this story soars on the courage and ingenuity of our heroine using all her wit and intelligence to survive in a world controlled by the baser nature of men. Masterfully played by Romola Garai, we quickly become invested in this woman who becomes an angel for those who are trapped by and in their lives. Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Hale, Mark Gatiss, Shirley Henderson and Gillian Anderson are just some of the stellar supporting cast. The production brilliantly captures the mood through its costumes and sets. The original work was a novel by Michel Faber which Lucinda Coxon skillfully adapts to the small screen. A dark and disturbing portrayal of the vices and decay of Victorian London, Chris O'Dowd put it best, "It is a wonderful love story which is almost entirely bereft of love". I give this series an 8 (great) out of 10. {Victorian Drama}


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