UK politi­cian’s fall from grace

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE -

A Very English Scan­dal, BBC First, Thurs­day at 8.30pm

THIS three-part drama tells the shock­ing true story of the first Bri­tish politi­cian to stand trial for con­spir­acy to mur­der.

It’s the late 1960s and ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity has only just been de­crim­i­nalised.

Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant, pic­tured), the leader of the Lib­eral Party and the youngest leader of any Bri­tish po­lit­i­cal party in 100 years, has a se­cret he’s des­per­ate to hide.

As long as Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw), his vo­cif­er­ous ex-lover is around, Thorpe’s bril­liant ca­reer is at risk, and even­tu­ally Thorpe can see only one way to si­lence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed pol­i­tics for­ever as the Bri­tish pub­lic dis­cov­ered the dark­est se­crets of the es­tab­lish­ment and the lengths they’d go to con­ceal them. The drama also stars Alex Jen­nings and Pa­tri­cia Hodge.

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