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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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Series cast summary:
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 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 Marianne Oldham ...  Stella Levy 2 episodes, 2018
Arabella Neale ...  Jeremy's Secretary 2 episodes, 2018


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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20 May 2018 (UK) See more »

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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 decribed as the most dangerous man in Britain by some parts of the British press during Labour's period in goverment 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 »


Referenced in Zoe Ball on ...: Saturday 15 (2018) See more »

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That Hat
6 June 2018 | by nowegoSee all my reviews

Luckily I was able to watch this all the way thought from start to finish in one sitting. At just under 3 hours, quite an easy feat. Hugh Grant and the superb writing of Russel T Davies made it easy and the time passed like nothing, that to me means it was entertaining, which it was.

Hugh Grant puts in a really good performance, well supported by Ben Whishaw, Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do Ave Em), Alex Jennings and Adrian Scarborough.

I enjoyed every minute of it and laughed more than once even though this is not billed as a comedy, the way it was written told a very serious story in quite an amusing way.

There were a few sad moments, but even these were told in an amusing way, not so much funny, but not at all serious or sad, which could be taken as a criticism by some.

Every time I saw the hat, I either laughed or smiled, you will have to watch to know what I mean, for me it symbolised the Hugh Grant characters whole attitude of the time.

A very entertaining BBC mini series and highly recommended.

An easy 9/10.

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