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A Very English Scandal 

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British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is accused of conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover and forced to stand trial in 1979.
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Hugh Grant ...  Jeremy Thorpe 3 episodes, 2018
Ben Whishaw ...  Norman Scott 3 episodes, 2018
Alex Jennings ...  Peter Bessell 3 episodes, 2018
Patricia Hodge ...  Ursula Thorpe 3 episodes, 2018
Paul Hilton ...  David Holmes 2 episodes, 2018
Naomi Battrick ...  Diana Stainton 2 episodes, 2018
Andrew French Andrew French ...  Sergeant at Arms 2 episodes, 2018
Morgan Watkins ...  Mike Steele 2 episodes, 2018
Monica Dolan ...  Marion Thorpe 2 episodes, 2018
Jason Watkins ...  Emlyn Hooson 2 episodes, 2018
Blake Harrison ...  Andrew 'Gino' Newton 2 episodes, 2018
Alice Orr-Ewing ...  Caroline Allpass 2 episodes, 2018
Flora Montgomery ...  Diane Kelly 2 episodes, 2018
Michele Dotrice ...  Edna Friendship 2 episodes, 2018
Nick Malinowski ...  Returning Officer 2 episodes, 2018
Rhys Parry Jones ...  John Le Mesurier 2 episodes, 2018
Dyfan Dwyfor Dyfan Dwyfor ...  George Deakin 2 episodes, 2018
Caleb Roberts Caleb Roberts ...  Daniel Badwah 2 episodes, 2018
Marianne Oldham ...  Stella Levy 2 episodes, 2018
Arabella Neale ...  Jeremy's Secretary 2 episodes, 2018
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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... Written by Huggo

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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 »

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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 »

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One of the best things I've seen in a long while.
30 June 2018 | by bobou-513-708245See all my reviews

Not sure how this ended up on Amazon Prime, as I usually don't expect this level of quality for free, but this three part series is truly excellent. Great cast, great story, great writing. Make sure you set enough time to watch all three episodes in one sitting, because you're not going to want to put this one down.


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29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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England, UK See more »

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