Three-part BBC television adaptation of the novel by Sarah Waters, set in Victorian London. In the dark alleyways and backstreets of the capital, orphan girl Sue Trinder (Sally Hawkins) is raised by Mrs Sucksby (Imelda Staunton) and her family of petty thieves, crooks and con men.

Director: Aisling Walsh

Producer(s): Sally Head

Writer(s): Sarah Waters (novel) | Peter Ransley (screenplay)

Role: Maud Lilly

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Rupert Evans, Charles Dance, Stephen Wight

  • crime
  • drama
  • romance

Rating: 15

Duration: 3 x 60 mins

Released: 27 March 2005 (UK)

Status: On DVD

Studio(s): British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Production Co: Sally Head Productions


Two young women... one passion, mutual betrayal... Final retribution...

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Filming locations: The Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, UK | Hertfordshire, England, UK (Hilfield Castle)

Also known as: Silmänkääntäjä (Finland)

Country: UK