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“The Crimson Petal and the White”: Encore premiere is Sept. 10 and 11, DVD release Sept. 25

Melissa Hayer Published: September 7, 2012

The BBC drama “The Crimson Petal and the White” will make its two-night U.S. broadcast premiere at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11 on Encore, launching the network’s “Big Miniseries Showcase.”

“The Crimson Petal and the White” will also have its North American DVD release debut from Acorn Media on Sept. 25.

Details on the miniseries, provided in a news release, are as follows:

Based on Michel Faber’s international bestseller, this BBC psychological thriller won three Royal Television Society awards and was nominated for five 2012 BAFTAs, including best miniseries and best actress.

The gripping drama follows the fortunes of Sugar (Romola Garai, The Hour, Atonement, Emma), an ambitious prostitute, as she navigates the dark underbelly of Victorian London in pursuit of a better life.

The miniseries co-stars Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd, and Judd Apatow’s upcoming film This is 40), Gillian Anderson (Bleak House, The X-Files), Amanda Hale (Bright Star), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter, Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park).

Enter a Victorian England you’ve never seen: gritty, dark, and unsettling – a place where violence and madness lurked everywhere. Romola Garai stars as Sugar, a sexually adept, ambitious, and clever prostitute, who casts a spell on William Rackham (Chris O’Dowd), feckless heir to a perfume business and husband to a wife slipping slowly into insanity. As their lives intertwine, events are set in motion that will change them forever.