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.
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Did You Know?
When asked if she had the freedom to make the mini series as long as she needed it to be, if she had determined that it would be four parts, Lucinda Coxon
answered that they "did determine the four-part thing ahead of time", and that sometimes they wished they "had actually gone to five parts". See more
The action takes place in the 1870s. However an instrumental version of "The Sunshine of Your Smile" (written in 1913) is heard during the scene in the brothel when William Rackham first meets Sugar. See more
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.
My hole belongs to anyone who's got two shillings, sir.
The Sunshine of Your Smile
Music by Lilian Ray See more