A VERY ENGLISH SCAN­DAL

BBC First, 8.30pm

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I can’t wait to watch more of this. Hugh Grant is su­perb as lech­er­ous, old politi­cian Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of Bri­tain’s Lib­eral Party, who stood trial for con­spir­acy to mur­der (he was later ac­quit­ted). He con­fi­dently se­duces sta­ble­hand Nor­man Scott (Ben Wishaw, also bril­liant in this role) and makes him his play­thing un­til such time as the re­la­tion­ship is no longer con­ve­nient. With the threat of black­mail loom­ing, Thorpe takes ac­tion. Saucy shots in iconic lo­ca­tions add shock value in this shock­ingly con­ser­va­tive sit­u­a­tion.

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