New Series: Fingersmith

UKTV – Sunday 24 June, 9.30pm

Following on from Tipping the Velvet, the second novel adaptation from Sarah Waters, Fingersmith is set amongst the dark twisting alleyways of Victorian London. It tells the story of charming con-man Richard Rivers who embarks upon the most ambitious scam of his life to defraud the wealthy young heiress Maud Lilly by seducing her into eloping with him. To achieve his aim, Rivers enlists the help of Sue Trinder

Since she was orphaned, Sue has been brought up amongst pickpockets and charlatans. She’s been protected and cared for by Mrs Sucksby who believes Sue is ‘too good a girl’ to get directly involved in such a world. But when Mrs Sucksby’s old friend Rivers offers 20-year-old Sue £3000 to assist him in his scams, Mrs Sucksby agrees to conspire.

Arriving at the estate where Maud lives with her wealthy Uncle Lilly, Sue enters another world. Despite their differences the two young women quickly become friends but Sue’s growing feelings for Maud cannot prevent her from going through with Rivers’ scam. On Sue’s advice, Maud accepts Rivers’ proposal of marriage.

But not everyone is who they appear to be, and a series of plot twists leave viewers unsure of who can be trusted.

Starring: Rupert Evans (North and South and A Midsummer Nights Dream), Charles Dance (Bleak House and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nicklelby), Imelda Staunton (Sense and Sensibility and Little Britain), Elaine Cassidy (The Others and The Ghost Squad) and Sally Hawkins (Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky and All Or Nothing).