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A Very English Scandal ()


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Season: 1 Year: 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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  • Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 26 wins & 46 nominations.
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  Jeremy Thorpe (3 episodes, 2018)
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  Norman Scott (3 episodes, 2018)
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  Peter Bessell (3 episodes, 2018)
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  Ursula Thorpe (3 episodes, 2018)
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  David Holmes (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Diana Stainton (2 episodes, 2018)
Andrew French ...
  Sergeant at Arms (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Mike Steele (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Emlyn Hooson (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Marion Thorpe (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Andrew 'Gino' Newton (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Caroline Allpass (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Diane Kelly (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Edna Friendship (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Returning Officer (2 episodes, 2018)
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  John Le Mesurier (2 episodes, 2018)
Dyfan Dwyfor ...
  George Deakin (2 episodes, 2018)
Caleb Roberts ...
  Daniel Badwah (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Stella Levy (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Jeremy's Secretary (2 episodes, 2018)
Chris Grahamson ...
  Minehead Constable (1 episode, 2018)
Chris Ashby ...
  Messenger (1 episode, 2018)
Patrick Barlow ...
  Captain Myers (1 episode, 2018)
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  Norman Van De Vater (1 episode, 2018)
Lucy Briggs-Owen ...
  Sue Scott (1 episode, 2018)
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  David Napley (1 episode, 2018)
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  Leo Abse (1 episode, 2018)
John Bett ...
  Lord Kilmuir (1 episode, 2018)
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  Stuart Kuttner (1 episode, 2018)
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  Lord Arran (1 episode, 2018)
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  Anthony Johnson (1 episode, 2018)
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  Gwen Parry-Jones (1 episode, 2018)
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  Countess of Arran (1 episode, 2018)
Steffan Rhodri ...
  D.C.S Michael Challes (1 episode, 2018)
Peter F. Gardiner ...
  David Steel (1 episode, 2018)
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  Reginald Maudling (1 episode, 2018)
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  BBC Radio Interviewer (1 episode, 2018)
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  Welsh Policeman (1 episode, 2018)
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  Lyn (1 episode, 2018)
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  Minehead Magistrate (1 episode, 2018)
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  Luke Mackenzie (1 episode, 2018)
Joshua Richards ...
  Manchester Policeman (1 episode, 2018)
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  George Carman Q.C (1 episode, 2018)
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  New Returning Officer (1 episode, 2018)
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  Stable Owner (1 episode, 2018)
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  Peter Taylor Q.C (1 episode, 2018)
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  Clive Otunde (1 episode, 2018)
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  Sir Joseph Cantley (1 episode, 2018)
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  Auctioneer (1 episode, 2018)
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  Bridget (1 episode, 2018)

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Plot Summary

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 in not being afraid to be loud and queer regardless of what the general public thought of him. Much of that struggle was Norman's simple want for a replacement National Insurance card to be able to work and receive benefits, his original card which he "lost" in a measure to protect Jeremy from potentially being outed. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Un escándalo muy inglés (Spain)
  • Škandál po anglicky (Slovakia)
  • Skandál po anglicku (Czechia)
  • Perienglantilainen skandaali (Finland)
  • Egy nagyon angolos botrány (Hungary)
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  • 180 min
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Did You Know?

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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 When Holmes is at home in 1975 and the telephone rings they are watching the Fawlty Towers episode 'Basil The Rat'. This was actually part of the second series of Fawlty Towers and was not broadcast until 25 October 1979. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Very English Scandal: Introducing (2018). See more »

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