Episode 1

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Episode 1 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

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?

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Romola Garai
William Rackham
Chris O'Dowd
Mrs Agnes Rackham
Amanda Hale
Mrs Castaway
Gillian Anderson
Mrs Emmeline Fox
Shirley Henderson
Doctor Curlew
Richard Grant
Lydia Wilson
Eleanor Yates
Katie Lyons
Lady Constance Bridgelow
Elizabeth Berrington
Henry Rackham Junior
Mark Gatiss
Henry Rackham Senior
Tom Georgeson
Amateur Photographer
Patrick Brennan
Blake Ritson
Bertie Carvel
Fireside Whore 2
Sarah Ridgeway
David M Thompson


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