“A Very English Scandal” was a very English success

I spent part of this weekend watching all three one-hour episodes in the BBC1 drama series “A Very English Scandal”. This provides an account of the gay relationship between Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe and model Norman Scott and the trial of Thorpe and others on the charge of conspiracy to murder Scott.

Although I lived through all the political and public events depicted in the series, I still found it incredible that it could have happened. Hugh Grant is brilliant as Thorpe and Ben Wishaw is excellent as Scott. Writer Russell T Davies and director Stephen Frears tell the tale as black comedy which means that by turns it is hilarious and tragic.

If you haven’t see the series, you can catch it on the BBC site.

If you want to check how close the script is to the reality, look at this Wikipedia page.


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