The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber was, arguably (and we’re very argumentative) the best book of its year. Focusing on a bourgeois married man who falls in love with Sugar, a common street prostitute, and sets about elevating her, it was a real fatboy (over 800 pages) but never left you feeling bloated as it swum around the brothels and no-go-zones of Victorian St. Giles and the newly-built mansions of Notting Hill. So we can think of no worthier recipient of the BBC full-bonnet treatment than what insiders are calling simply Petal. Basted with a genius cast – Romola Garai from Atonement, Gillian Anderson of X Files, Bleak House and the brilliant House of Mirth, Richard E. Grant and the superb Mark Gatiss – it begins on BBC2 (a good sign!) on Wednesday at 9pm.