A Very English Scandal

Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw retell a story that gripped the nation

If you were around in the 1970s, it was difficult to miss the biggest scandal in British political history when Jeremy Thorpe MP was accused of trying to have his former gay lover Norman Scott murdered.

Thorpe ended up on trial at the Old Bailey in 1979.

With Hugh Grant playing the dashing and witty Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as troubled Norman – nicknamed ‘Bunny’ by his Liberal benefactor – there’s sizzle and passion in the first of this three-part drama about their story as the pair meet at the horse stables where Norman works and embark on an affair that ultimately brings about Thorpe’s downfall.