7.7/10
9,214
61 user 21 critic

A Very English Scandal 

Trailer
2:11 | Trailer
British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is accused of conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover and forced to stand trial in 1979.
Reviews
Popularity
1,926

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
2021   2018  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 22 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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 ...  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
Learn more

More Like This 

London Spy (2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A chance romance between two men from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess, leads into mystery after one of them is found murdered.

Stars: Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Based on the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving
The Hour (2011–2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

Stars: Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West
Banana (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Celebrates love without labels. Join eight different couples on their journey of love, heartbreak, sex, and drama.

Stars: Fisayo Akinade, Freddie Fox, Vincent Franklin
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Follows a busy family from Manchester with their lives converging on one crucial night in 2019.

Stars: Rory Kinnear, T'Nia Miller, Anne Reid
Mrs. Wilson (2018)
Biography | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A grieving widow discovers that her seemingly ideal husband lived many secret lives.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Iain Glen, Calam Lynch
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A female prison employee, Tilly (Patricia Arquette) in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates and helps them escape.

Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence.

Stars: Morven Christie, Anthony Boyle, Christian Cooke
Cucumber (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Modern gay life in Manchester.

Stars: Vincent Franklin, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Fisayo Akinade
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat's popularity, the educated elite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of Rome.

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Morrissey
Quiz (2020)
Crime | Drama | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Quiz tells the story of Charles Ingram, a former British army major, who caused a major scandal after being caught cheating his way to winning £1 million on the game show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During an interview on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, interviewer Scott Simon remarked to Hugh Grant that before making this movie, Grant and Ben Whishaw had also just worked together on Paddington 2 (2017), and Grant replied, "Well, I mean, it is weird that I have in effect spent the last three years trying to either kill or have sex with Ben Whishaw in one way or another." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 7 January 2019 (2019) See more »

User Reviews

 
Simply excellent
3 June 2018 | by crjb-18069See all my reviews

A Very English Scandal with a very English touch of humour. A serious topic at the time, but has been turned into an extremely entertaining TV series. Thoroughly recommended, and Hugh Grant performs the part brilliantly.


58 of 68 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 61 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Very English Scandal See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.90:1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed