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The Crimson Petal and the White

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Based on the bestselling Victorian-set novel by Michel Faber. The first episode of this drama follows William Rackham, a man tormented by debt and an unstable wife, who finds solace when he seeks out renowned young prostitute Sugar. As he falls under her spell, his life begins to be transformed - but will Sugar be able to withhold her secret desire for revenge on the men who have wronged her? Show less


William Rackham:
Chris O'Dowd
Mrs Agnes Rackham:
Amanda Hale
Mrs Castaway:
Gillian Anderson
Mrs Emmeline Fox:
Shirley Henderson
Doctor Curlew:
Richard E. Grant
James Willson
Colonel Leek:
Alan Williams
Lydia Wilson
Lady Constance Bridgelow:
Elizabeth Berrington
Henry Rackham Junior:
Mark Gatiss
Henry Rackham Senior:
Tom Georgeson
Liz White
Amateur Photographer:
Patrick Brennan
Fireside Whore 1:
Maimie McCoy
Fireside Whore 2:
Sarah Ridgeway
Fireside Whore 3:
Izabella Urbanowicz
Young Prostitute:
Jessica Pyatt
Greg Dummett
Marc Munden

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