Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Shirley Henderson, Amanda Hale and Mark Gatiss - to name but a few - star in Lucinda Coxon's ambitious and bold four-part adaptation of The Crimson Petal And The White by Michel Faber, directed by award-winning Marc Munden. A tale of love, lust, desire and revenge, it reveals the true sexual politics of Victorian life. William Rackham is at the end of his tether. Failing as a writer, deeply in debt and unwilling to join his father in business, he is further plagued by his troubled wife, Agnes, who draws the family into disrepute by her reclusive behaviour and her dramatic public outbursts. Her behaviour is made ever worse by the frequent visits of her physician, Dr Curlew. William finds solace when he seeks out renowned prostitute Sugar, who is attached to the brothel of the formidable Mrs Castaway. Sugar's allure is legendary, and more than just sexual. But, as he falls under her spell, his life begins to be transformed.