What is known as the Thorpe affair, centered on the at the time clandestine homosexual affair between Liberal MP and later Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe and stable boy Norman Scott, that affair when sodomy was still illegal in Britain, is the main feature of the story presented. The story culminates in 1979 with Jeremy put on trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder, the attempt on Norman's life all in an effort to rid him from Jeremy's life in his aspiration to become British Prime Minister at whatever cost, part of that cost being to remain in the closet despite having men on the side throughout his adult life. The imbalance between Jeremy and Norman both during their relationship and in their adversarial battle after the end of that relationship is also shown, older, ambitious Jeremy, from a proper English background, part of the establishment, and younger Norman, from the disadvantaged class, he who also suffered from clinical psychological issues, having nothing to lose...
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During a dinner scene, Labour MP for Bristol South East, Anthony Wedgewood-Benn (better known as "Tony Benn
") is mentioned. Thorpe mentioned he knew him from his university days at Oxford. He describes him as a "Trot" and "a charming man". Benn was seen as being on the hard left of the Labour Party, and was a key proponent of democratic socialism. He once described as the most dangerous man in Britain by some parts of the British press during Labour's period in government in the 1970s; where Benn served as Secretary of State of Industry (1974-75) and was later moved to become Secretary of State for Energy (1975-79) under the premierships of both Harold Wilson
and James Callaghan
. In real-life, Benn predeceased Jeremy Thorpe
by 9 months. See more
Hugh Grant's Jeremy Thorpe has his hair parted on the wrong side - the right side. The real Jeremy Thorpe always had his hair parted on the left side. (See Google Images.) See more