Trailer: BBC One unmasks A Very English Scandal this May
James R | On 10, May 2018
Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw are together at last in new BBC One drama A Very English Scandal, and a new trailer gives us our first look at them in action.
It is 1960s England, homosexuality is illegal and the politician Jeremy Thorpe (Grant) begins a whirlwind affair with a young stable hand, Norman Scott (Whishaw). But when the relationship turns sour and Jeremy’s career goes from strength to strength, Norman becomes a secret that Jeremy is desperate to hide.
In 1967, Jeremy becomes the leader of the Liberal Party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, but as long as his ex-lover Norman is around, his brilliant career is at risk. Behind the oak-panelled doors of Parliament, Jeremy turns to his friends for decisive action. He can see only one way to silence him for good.
The three-part drama – one of our must-see TV shows of the month – is written by Russell T Davies and based on the book by John Preston, with none other than Stephen Frears at the helm. It will air on BBC One on Sunday 20th May at 9pm, promising a darkly comic adaptation of true events, not to mention a central pairing to die for.
Here’s the trailer: