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Encore Kicks Off 'Big Miniseries Showcase' with THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, 9/10-11

August 2
4:22 2012

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Beginning this fall, ENCORE will present "The Big Miniseries Showcase," a mix of classic and new critically acclaimed miniseries on Monday nights at 8pm ET/PT. The slate will debut with the U.S. television premiere of the ENCORE Original miniseries, "The Crimson Petal and the White." The BAFTA nominated two-part drama will premiere on Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11 at 8pm ET/PT.

In addition to "The Crimson Petal and the White," ENCORE's "The Big Miniseries Showcase" will also include Monday night premieres of Stephan King's "The Storm of the Century," "Shogun," "The Pillars of the Earth," "Lonesome Dove," the "Thorne" mysteries, "Moby Dick," "Thorn Birds," the U.S. television premiere of the ENCORE Original miniseries "Titanic: Blood and Steel," and more.

"We are excited to offer ENCORE viewers an expanded range of premium and network TV miniseries to complement our already outstanding collection of uncut, commercial-free movies," said Stephan Shelanski, EVP of Programming for Starz Entertainment. "'The Big Miniseries Showcase' programming destination will include a selection of fan favorites and classic titles, including many which are adapted from some of the bestselling novels of our time.'"

"The Crimson Petal and the White," nominated for two BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards (Best Actress for Romola Garai, and Best Mini Series), is an adaptation of Michel Faber's 2002 bestselling novel. It's an alluring, seductive drama that reveals the underbelly of Victorian-era London and the travails of a prostitute named Sugar, played by Romola Garai, ("The Hour," Atonement, Amazing Grace). Chris O'Dowd (Friends with Kids, Bridesmaids) stars as William Rackham, along with Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") as brothel proprietor Mrs. Castaway, Amanda Hale ("Ripper Street") as William's disturbed wife Mrs. Rackham, Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter 2002, 2005) as Mrs. Emmeline Fox, and Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I) as Dr. Curlew, Mrs. Rackham's medical consultant.

ENCORE's "The Big Miniseries Showcase" Lineup (times are ET/PT & subject to change):

September 10 & 11 at 8pm
"The Crimson Petal and the White"

September 17- 22 at 8pm
"Shogun" - John Blackthorne, an English ship pilot, whose Vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 17th century, is forced to deal with the two most powerful men in Japan. He is thrown in the midst of a war between Toranaga and Ishido, who struggle for the title of 'Shogun' which will give ultimate power to the one who possesses it.

September 24 - 27 at 8pm
"The Pillars of the Earth" - the EMMY(R) nominated miniseries which originally debuted on STARZ, is a sweeping epic tale of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty. This sensuous, spirited and passionate story is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles during the great Anarchy of 12th century England.

October 1 & 2 at 8pm
Jason and the Argonauts - Jason faces monsters and daunting tasks in a quest to find the Golden Fleece and reclaim his father's kingdom in ancient Greece.

October 8 - 13 at 8pm
Titanic: Blood and Steel - the ENCORE U.S. television premiere of this Original miniseries, illustrates a fascinating account of the often untold story behind the making of the now infamous luxury liner. It's a six part mini-series about the men and women who built, ran and owned the Titanic. To the wealthy who invested in the now infamous liner, it was a dream. But to the middle class who managed its construction, and the working class who were charged with building the ship, it was an epic challenge that marked the beginning of the industrial revolution.

October 15 & 16 at 8pm
Gulliver's Travels - an Englishman returns after a long time abroad and tells his strange stories about the lands he visited which are allegories about the real world.

October 22 & 23 at 8pm
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York - based on the book by Chuck Scarborough, New York City is trapped in a nightmare of horror and destruction when a massive earthquake rocks the unsuspecting city. Countless lives are lost, families are torn apart, and chaos runs rampant, as the mayor and former Fire Chief race to enact a city-wide emergency plan. An incredible story of undying courage in the face of unimaginable human tragedy.

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