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Seasons: 2 1 Years: 2021 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 Golden Globe. Another 22 wins & 37 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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  Marion Thorpe (2 episodes, 2018)
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  Emlyn Hooson (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)
Paul Sloss ...
  Stuart Kuttner (1 episode, 2018)
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  Anthony Johnson (1 episode, 2018)
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  Lord Arran (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)
Zina Badran ...
  Clerk of the Court (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
  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment (United Kingdom)
  • Un escándalo muy inglés (Spain)
  • Perienglantilainen skandaali (Finland)
  • Egy nagyon angolos botrány (Hungary)
  • 英国スキャンダル~セックスと陰謀のソープ事件 (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 180 min
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Trivia On the advice of the director, Stephen Frears, Ben Whishaw met with the real Norman Scott during the course of the production to hear his account of the events. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in A Very English Scandal: Introducing (2018). See more »

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