TV Review: A Very English Scandal
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A humorous take on the events which ended Jeremy Thorpe’s political career, A Very English Scandal is a masterpiece of black comedy. With a stellar cast, led by Hugh Grant as Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as his alleged former lover and near victim, Norman Scott, the drama depicts the events which formed the accusations against the former Liberal leader. Thorpe was acquitted, but suspicions surrounding the still case remain today. Beginning in 1961, the programme follows the initial romantic affair between Scott and Thorpe and the subsequent attempts to cover it up, culminating in the suspected attempt to murder the former. The scandal, which saw the first ever trial of a British member of parliament, is carefully caricatured to emphasise the potential dark side of the political establishment and the outrageous ways it was covered up.
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