The Crimson Petal And The White – episode 3
William has taken the family business from strength to strength, as Lucinda Coxon’s ambitious and bold adaptation of The Crimson Petal And The White by Michel Faber, directed by Marc Munden, continues.
But William’s increasingly hectic schedule means that he is too busy to keep going back and forth to Sugar’s house in Marylebone. In light of this, William invites Sugar to become governess to his neglected daughter, Sophie.
Thrilled with the news, Sugar arrives at the Rackhams’ to discover Agnes is much worse. By chance, Sugar comes into possession of her diaries, which provide an enlightening insight into Agnes’s mind.
The sinister Dr Curlew decides that Agnes must be permanently sedated and threatens to have her put into an asylum. After another particularly bad episode, William reluctantly agrees with the doctor and arrangements are made for Agnes to be restrained and taken away.
Sugar – again assuming the role of Agnes’s guardian angel – smuggles her out of the house and provides her with money and instructions which allow her to escape to the “convent of health” she has always dreamed of. In her fragile state, it remains to be seen how far Agnes will get.
Meanwhile, Mrs Fox has made a miraculously recovery, but is inconsolable over Henry’s fate.
William Rackham is played by Chris O’Dowd, Sugar by Romola Garai, Agnes Rackham by Amanda Hale, Dr Curlew by Richard E Grant and Mrs Fox by Shirley Henderson.
Wednesday 20 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO