As lovers of UK programming know, despite the lack of a language barrier it can take an unconscionably long time for British shows to wash up on American shores—if they ever do. Still, ever since blogging about the Crimson Petal and the White adaptation last year, I have kept an eye out for a US air date.

Just when I'd lost hope it'd ever happen—the miniseries was shown in the UK in April 2011, for heaven's sake!—Encore announced they had picked up the series and will be showing the first episode tonight at 8 p.m. as part of their "Big Miniseries Showcase," which will also include adaptations of Moby Dick and Shogun. Check out a trailer below. I'm really curious to see Chris O'Dowd in a non-comic role.


Related in BookPage: Our interview with Michel Faber about The Crimson Petal and the White.

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