A Very English Scandal: Miniseries (2018)

A Very English Scandal

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Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw impress in A Very English Scandal, an equally absorbing and appalling look at British politics and society.



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Air date: May 20, 2018
Air date: May 27, 2018
Air date: Jun 3, 2018

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Beginning in the 1960s, Thorpe is the leader of the Liberal Party. He is hiding an affair with a man at a time when homosexuality is still illegal. When Scott threatens to reveal the affair, Thorpe decides upon a plan of action that eventually exposes the scandal.


Hugh Grant
as Jeremy Thorpe
Ben Whishaw
as Norman Scott
Alex Jennings
as Peter Bessell
David Bamber
as Lord Arran
Jason Watkins
as Emlyn Hooson
Patricia Hodge
as Ursula Thorpe

News & Interviews for A Very English Scandal: Miniseries

Critic Reviews for A Very English Scandal Miniseries

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (29)

There is an appealing madcap quality to all three episodes of the show, but the series reaches its dramatic peak in the final installment, with wonderful courtroom scenes.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Frears has long been a great actor for directors... Here, he brings the absolute best out of Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, who give riveting performances in the telling of one of the U.K.'s most shocking political scandals. This is a must-see.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

A Very English Scandal continues to swing back and forth... between madcap farce and historical tragedy.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

At its core, A Very English Scandal is a very dark and sad tale, but you might not really notice it at first, because it's so very fun to watch.

Jul 2, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Grant is a revelation.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

As a playground for Whishaw and Grant, A Very English Scandal soars.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Grant's Thorpe is charismatic company yet essentially deeply sad, a stranger even to himself. It's a very English kind of suffering.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

'A Very English Scandal' chooses humor as a combat weapon: because the oppressors are won with laughter. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This masterful drama certainly resurrects the seedier, more headline-grabbing elements of the case and retells them with stunning panache and beautiful comic timing - but the effect now is... to put that version of England on trial.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

If it's difficult to see Thorpe as a victim from the first two episodes, it's a scene in A Very English Scandal's closing episode that renders Davies' point crystal clear.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

As it is, because the true events it so deftly depicts are largely unknown to American audiences, the three-part A Very English Scandal will make for very satisfying mini-binge on Friday night or this weekend.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Grant is capable of far more range, emotion and subtlety than many of his roles allow, and he gets to show that off here, somehow giving this portrait of a master manipulator some humanity in the process.

Dec 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Very English Scandal: Miniseries

  • May 14, 2019
    Such a great show! Excellent from beginning to end. Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw did such a great job.
  • May 10, 2019
    A well-made TV serial on a truly engrossing political character. Hugh Grant's performance is his finest ever. Whishaw is almost equally powerful and good. It also helps that the serial is wrapped up in three hours - extremely tightly wound and well-edited.
  • May 08, 2019
    Great acting, amusing characters.
  • Mar 29, 2019
    Breathtaking brilliant work by all concerned. And proves once again that Russel T Davies is a genius.
  • Mar 20, 2019
    Astonishingly good acting and a stranger-than-fiction tale that will make you by turns laugh, cringe and cry.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    De lo mejor que vi en 2018.
  • Jan 30, 2019
    Very well directed, in a very English style. I did not expect less from Frears.
  • Jan 19, 2019
    wonderful depiction of the challenges faced by gay men
  • Dec 27, 2018
    An evocative portrayal of 1970s Britain, Whishaw and Grant dazzle in this examination of what lies behind that murky smokescreen of British politics.
  • Nov 08, 2018
    Well paced and interesting drama with great acting from Hugh Grant and his lover. It's a nice size too, 3 x 1 hour episodes. Quirky story, very British and good fun.

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