BBC One’s three-part Jeremy Thorpe drama A Very English Scandal will premiere on Sunday May 20th at 9pm, it has been announced.
A Very English Scandal is set in the late 1960s when homosexuality has only just been decriminalised and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, has a secret he’s desperate to hide. As long as his ex-lover Norman Scott is around, Thorpe’s brilliant career is at risk. Thorpe schemes and deceives – until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good.
The three-part drama tells the shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed society forever, illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment. The Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption that, at the time, hardly anyone dared believe it could be true.
Russel T. Davies penned the scripts for the three-parter, which is set up at the nascent Sony backed indie Blueprint Television. Hugh Grant (Four Weddings And A Funeral, About A Boy) stars as Thorpe, while Ben Whishaw (London Spy, James Bond) plays Norman Scott. Alex Jennings, Patricia Hodge, Monica Dolan, Adrian Scarborough, Jason Watkins, Eve Myles, Michele Dotrice, Blake Harrison, Fisayo Akinade, David Bamber, Patrick Barlow, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Paul Hilton, Jonathan Hyde, Alice Orr-Ewing, Steffan Rhodri, Paul Freeman and Susan Wooldridge also star. The Queen helmer Stephen Frears is the director, while Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and the BBC’s Lucy Richer executive produce.
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