UK politician’s fall from grace
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.