Sugar (Romola Garai, Atonement) is a notorious prostitute who longs for a better life. Sexually adept and clever, she casts a spell on William Rackham (Chris O'Dowd, Bridesmaids), heir to a perfume business. Based on the sensational novel by Michel Faber, made for the BBC, this psychological thriller boasts a stellar cast (Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant) and a boldly original look and feel, portraying 19th-century London as a place of violence and madness. Seen on Encore. 4 episodes, 4 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.
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William Rackham is a failure as a writer, deeply in debt, and husband to an increasingly unstable wife. When his father cuts off his allowance, William seeks solace with a prostitute, Sugar, and discovers that she's as skilled at conversation as she is at sex. For her own part, Sugar sees William as a way out of Mrs. Castaway's brothel.
William wants Sugar all to himself and moves her into an apartment. Now involved in his father's business, he regularly gives her money. A chance meeting at the opera convinces William's disturbed wife, Agnes, that Sugar is her guardian angel.
Now too busy to visit Sugar's flat, William moves her into his home as live-in mistress and governess to Sophie. Sugar quickly bonds with the lonely child and learns more about Agnes. Meanwhile, the malevolent Dr. Curlew convinces William to have his wife committed to an asylum.
Sugar denies helping Agnes. Now pregnant, Sugar hopes in vain that William will accept their child, but he has other, more socially respectable plans that don't include her. Desperate and enraged, Sugar takes matters into her own hands.
- Deleted scenes
- Interviews with Romola Garai and Chris O'Dowd, director Marc Munden, and key crew members
- Character biographies
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 244 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR. Contains nudity, sexual situations, violence, coarse language, and disturbing images
"Thrilling"--Daily Express (UK)
"A deep, dark treat"--The Times (UK)
"Compelling, beautifully shot, and vividly acted"--The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"The outstanding drama of the year"--The Times (UK)
[Garai is] "electric"--The Telegraph Magazine (UK)
"...this striking Gothic melodrama ...[is] lurid in the best sense"--he Scotsman (UK)