A Very English Scandal: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)


Season 1
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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Critic Ratings: 68

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User Ratings: 137

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Air date: May 20, 2018

In England in the early 1960s, politician Jeremy Thorpe begins a whirlwind affair with a young stablehand, Norman Scott; when the relationship turns sour, Norman becomes a secret Jeremy is desperate to hide.

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Air date: May 27, 2018

As Jeremy gets one step closer to becoming prime minister, Norman demands that old promises should be honored; with Jeremy's old affair with Norman threatening to derail his political career, he may stop at nothing to silence Norman.

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Air date: Jun 03, 2018

Having survived a bungled attempt on his life, Norman publicly accuses Jeremy of being behind a plot to kill him; after years of acrimony between them, Norman and Jeremy finally go head-to-head in court with the world watching.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2019

Starring Golden Globe-nominated actor Hugh Grant and based on a true story, "A Very English Scandal" tells the story of Jeremy Thorpe, a member of Parliament who, in 1979, was tried and later acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott. Beginning in the 1960s, Thorpe is the leader of the Liberal Party, the youngest head of a political party in 100 years. But 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 and leads to a watershed moment in British social and political life, illuminating the level of dark secrets and cover-ups in the British establishment.

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Cast & Crew

Hugh Grant
Jeremy Thorpe
Ben Whishaw
Norman Scott
Alex Jennings
Peter Bessell
David Bamber
Lord Arran
Jason Watkins
Emlyn Hooson
Patricia Hodge
Ursula Thorpe
Andrew French
Sergeant-at-Arms
Nicholas Blane
Norman van de Vater
Naomi Battrick
Diana Stainton
Anthony O'Donnell
Leo Abse
John Bett
Lord Kilmuir
Susan Wooldridge
Countess of Arran
Nick Malinowski
Returning Officer
Ben Moor
BBC Radio Interviewer
Michelle Fox
Lyn
Daryl McCormack
Luck Mackenzie
Alice Orr-Ewing
Caroline Allpass
Dan Winch
Producer
Graham Broadbent
Executive Producer
Peter Czernin
Executive Producer
Diarmuid McKeown
Executive Producer
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Executive Producer
Lucy Richer
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for A Very English Scandal: Season 1

  • Jun 12, 2021
    Wonderful. Compelling. A Very English Scandal is a miniseries about British politician Jeremy Thorpe trying to erase all traces of his relationship with Norman Scott, which jeopardizes his political career. The series is exciting from the start: the storyline is very smooth and there are no empty moments. The interpretations of Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw are excellent and both, in particular Whishaw, manage to fit perfectly into the characters. The direction is very good as well as the script and the cinematography. A truly entertaining miniseries to watch lasting only three hours.
  • Feb 27, 2021
    It's always exciting when something crazy enough to only be fictional is based on a true story. I love the fact that this was a very short (3 1-hour episode) miniseries rather than a multi-season show or a very long movie. Would love to see this happen more frequently. The chemistry and performances by Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw were out of this world.
  • Feb 14, 2021
    Ben Whishaw and Hugh Grant are riveting in this 3 part BBC miniseries about love, power, politics, and corruption. Russell T Davies does it yet again. Superb!
  • 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.

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