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This dramatic miniseries chronicles life in Victorian London for a wealthy heir who dreams of becoming an author. His dreams are made difficult to reach by his lack of talent, his mentally ill wife, and his infatuation with a young prostitute, The series is based on a novel by Michel Faber and aired on BBC Two in 2011.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on BBC Two
1 Season, 4 Episodes
April 6, 2011
History, Romance
7.7/10
Cast: Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Hale, Shirley Henderson
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  • As Sugar's bond with Sophie continues to grow she begins to worry that she is pregnant. Sugar's hope that she will become a more permanent fixture in William's life is short-lived after he becomes distant and looks instead to a marriage with Lady Bridgelow. Sugar ends up loosing the baby she is expecting. William ends up sacking her from her position and hires a new governess to look after Sophie. A furious Sugar has to decide what to do next.

  • The family business is going from strength to strength thanks to William. His hectic schedule though means that he becomes way too busy to keep going back and forth to Sugar's house. He ends up deciding to ask Sugar to become governess to his neglected daughter, Sophie. Sugar ends up getting her hands on Agnes' diaries, which provide an insight into her mind. Dr Curlew thinks that Agnes should be permanently sedated and wants to have her committed into an asylum. Sugar ends up smuggling her out of the house and provides her with money and gives her instructions which will help her.

  • Sugar decides to develop her hold over William and finds out his address so that she can spy on his house. Agnes is convinced that the Sugar is an angel sent to watch over her. William ends up moving Sugar out of the brothel and into her own house. Sugar starts her own ascent into polite society with the money that William gives her.

  • William Rackham's life is falling apart, as he is failing as a writer, deeply in debt and unwilling to join his father in business. He also has problems with his troubled wife, Agnes, who draws the family into disrepute by her odd behaviour. William ends up finding comfort with prostitute Sugar, who works at the brothel run by Mrs Castaway.

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