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A Very English Scandal

A Very English Scandal - Jeremy Thorpe played by Hugh Grant
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Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) goes to court as the BBC drama A Very English Scandal wraps up one of the strangest cases in the country's political history

With his political career in ruins, former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) faces a possible prison sentence when he’s charged with conspiracy to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw).

Supported by his wife Marion and mother Ursula, Thorpe appears at the Old Bailey with the three other accused men, and he’s defended by his sharp barrister George Carman QC.

Norman makes an unapologetic appearance on the stand before Judge Cantley addresses the jury with a very leading summing up.

A Very English Scandal - Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott

Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott

A satisfying end to the strangest scandal in British politics, it’s followed by a documentary, The Jeremy Thorpe Scandal, on BBC4 (10pm).

TV Times rating: *****

Mandy Cooper
TV Times Highlights Editor

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.