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The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White

BBC Two 2011

Follow Sugar into the underbelly of Victorian London seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion

UK British TV Series Popular Mini-Series 2010s Period Dramas 200 Top Rated Mini-Series Period Dramas Gems and Rarities (TV Shows) Period / Historical Settings in Series All tv series with german audio period drama / historical series


The 10 Best Episodes of The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White - S1E3

#1 - Episode 3


Season 1 - Episode 3

Sugar is thrilled at the prospect of moving in to William's house as governess to his neglected daughter Sophie. But she soon finds Agnes' condition to have deteriorated, worn down by the constant visits from Dr Curlew, and Sugar makes a promise to help her before it is too late.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

The Crimson Petal and the White - S1E2

#2 - Episode 2


Season 1 - Episode 2

Seduced by her charms, William moves Sugar out of Mrs Castaway's brothel and into a flat of her own in Marylebone. Finally independent, Sugar becomes a fixture in William's life and secretly continues her role as guardian angel to his volatile wife Agnes. But as their relationship intensifies, will Sugar take things too far?

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

The Crimson Petal and the White - S1E4

#3 - Episode 4


Season 1 - Episode 4

As Sugar's bond with Sophie grows stronger, her relationship with William becomes more troubled. When her stay in the Rackham house becomes a risk, Sugar is forced to make a life-changing decision for her and for Sophie, with major consequences for all involved.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.

The Crimson Petal and the White - S1E1

#4 - Episode 1


Season 1 - Episode 1

Based on the best-selling 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?

The episode was rated from 41 votes.


Last updated: mar 14, 2021



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 be bereft of love". I give this series an 8 (great) out of 10. [Victorian Drama]

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