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WHEN Jeremy Thorpe went on trial for con­spir­acy to mur­der Nor­man Scott, the pre­sid­ing judge demon­strated an un­usual take on im­par­tial­ity.

Jus­tice Cant­ley called Scott – played by Ben Whishaw, be­low – “an ac­com­plished sponger...spine­less, neu­rotic, a crook, a fraud, a whiner, a par­a­site...” And these, M’lud failed to add, were his good points.

If any­thing Cant­ley’s sum­ming up was even more bi­ased in real life than it was on A Very English Scan­dal.

Peter Cook’s bril­liant par­ody is still on YouTube with the con­clu­sion: “You are now to re­tire, care­fully to con­sider your ver­dict of not guilty.”

The big­gest scan­dal wasn’t the mur­der plot but the estab­lish­ment cover-up – de­tailed in Tom Mangold’s BBC4 in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Cops sat on ev­i­dence, other mur­der bids were hushed up, wit­ness state­ments were al­tered... and Thorpe blamed the press for his demise, as wrong ’uns al­ways do.

THE trial was shock­ing but the gags were good. Af­ter Scott said he’d “bit the pil­low” when Thorpe sodomised him, Bernard Man­ning joked: “If it had been Cyril Smith he’d have swal­lowed the f***ing mat­tress.”

Bob Monkhouse dubbed Nor­man “Scott of the arse antics”.

IT’LL be a while be­fore BBC One gets round to Man­del­son and the Hin­duja brothers or Camp­bell’s dodgy dossier. Given their jokey take on Thorpe, maybe they’re work­ing on David Kelly the Mu­si­cal. COM­EDY was king at the BGT fi­nal. Will ITV take the hint and in­vest in more main­stream hu­mour: sit­coms, sketch shows and Au­di­ence Withs for stand-ups? What do you think? LOST Voice Guy: “I used to be in a dis­abled Steps trib­ute act. We were called Ramps.” ROBERT White: “I come from a mu­si­cal home. I live in A flat.”

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