Naturally in a tale about a prostitute in Victorian-era London, one would expect sex and nudity, but screenwriter Lucinda Coxon, who adapted Michel Faber’s 2002 bestselling novel “The Crimson Petal and the White” into the two-part drama for Encore, says it’s not gratuitous.
“People were dwelling on the amount of sex in it,” Coxon says on Thursday (Aug. 2) during the Television Critics Association panel. “The sex is not recreational, it’s moving the story forward.”
Chris O’Dowd, who plays William Rackham in the adaptation and was on the panel via satellite from London, strips down for his role in the miniseries.
“I guess it was just necessary. I would feel very very silly to be skittish about such things,” he says. “I think the first time is when I’m coming out of a bath. It’s very child-like, so you definitely want to see him look like a big baby, which of course I do.”
The BAFTA-nominated drama will premiere on Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.