One of the UK’s favourite British actors will be starring in a new BBC period drama. Hugh Grant (Love Actually) will be stepping away from the bright lights of Hollywood to star in A Very English Scandal.
The actor will take on the role as MP Jeremy Thorpe, the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder after he allegedly attempted to have his ex-lover Norman Scott, Ben Wishaw (Skyfall) killed to keep his silence over their past affair.
Set during the late 1960’s, at a time when homosexuality was still taboo, despite being legalized, the series dramatizes the alleged plot concocted by Thorpe and his political peers to silence Scott before he revealed his secret.
Scott had been walking his dog when he and the canine were shot with only the wannabe male model surviving his injuries.
Though Thorpe was acquitted in 1979, it ended his political career and scandalized the nation. Jeremy was MP for North Devon from 1959 to 1979 and leader of the Liberal Party between 1967 and 1976
A Very English Scandal will also mark the first significant TV role for Hugh Grant since appearing in the 1993 adaptation of The Changeling as part of the BBC’s Performance series.
The series is written by former Doctor Who writer Russell T Davis and is set to be a skyrocketing success with Amazon already snapping up the rights to air the series in the US.
A Very English Scandal will be on BBC1 on Sunday, May 20 at 9 pm.