In 1965 Jeremy Thorpe, a successful Liberal MP and in line for the party's leadership, tells his friend Peter Bessell how, four years earlier, he met the handsome stable boy Norman Josiffe. Jeremy takes the homeless youngster in to repay an act of kindness and a sexual relationship follows. However Norman feels used, threatening to expose Jeremy, and Peter is sent to pacify him. Whilst progressives attempt to legalize homosexuality in parliament Jeremy plans a smoke-screen by marrying Caroline but Norman, his surname changed to Scott and a leading fashion model, still poses a threat. As a result Jeremy considers drastic action to silence him.
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A bill to decriminalize male homosexuality in the UK was introduced in the British House of Commons in 1966 but failed to get support. A second bill was introduced and passed as an Act of Parliament in 1967, legalizing private homosexual acts between consenting parties over the age of 21 in England and Wales. See more
An opening establishing shot shows the Houses of Parliament with the superimposed date "1965". Parliament's Yorkshire stone has only been seen in its original yellow/golden colour since the extensive restoration which took place from 1981 to 1994. In the 1960s and '70s, the Houses of Parliament were almost black. See more
[Jeremy Thorpe and Peter Bessell are speaking in 1965 before "gay" had become almost exclusively a synonym for homosexual, and when homosexuality was still a crime
Between the two of us, when I was young, I was so desperate, I'd go looking on the spear side.
[long pause, then Jeremy Thorpe grins
Are you telling me... that you... were usable?
I'm a little bit so, yes. If that's not too shocking.
Peter Pedro Bessell von Bessellbach! Well, out of anyone in this room, I'm probably the least shocked...
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