** Update **
It is based on the bestselling 2002 novel of the same name by Michel Faber. It was adapted by playwright and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me, The Danish Girl) and directed by BAFTA Award-winning Marc Munden (The Mark of Cain, The Devil’s Whore, Vanity Fair).
The miniseries stars Romola Garai (as prostitute Sugar), Chris O’Dowd (as William Rackham), Gilliam Anderson (as brothel proprietor Mrs. Castaway), Shirley Henderson (as Mrs. Emmeline Fox), Richard E. Grant (as Doctor Curlew), Mark Gatiss (as William’s brother, Henry Rackham), Amanda Hale (as William ‘s disturbed wife, Agnes Rackham), Blake Ritson and Bertie Carvell (play Bodley & Ashwell).
The story depicts the dark side of Victorian London which blends revenge, sex, lust, love and desire.
It tells the story of Sugar (Garai), an alluring, intelligent young prostitute who yearns for a better life away from the brothel she is attached to, run by the contemptible Mrs. Castaway (Gillian Anderson). Highly sought after and sexually adept, Sugar finds her only comfort in writing a secret novel in which a murderous prostitute takes revenge on her clients. Sugar’s fortunes change when she meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (O’Dowd), who is saddled with pious brother Henry (Mark Gatiss) and fragile wife Agnes (Amanda Hale). Regular visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew (Richard E. Grant) leave Agnes unable to perform her wifely duties, and William finds Sugar a thrilling antidote to his dreary existence. As William’s mistress, Sugar soon grows accustomed to her new life. Yet unbeknown to William, Sugar hatches a plan that will change their lives forever.
It was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom by BBC 2 in 2011. Exclusive content and deleted scenes can be watched here.