Ben Whishaw & Hugh Grant In A Very English Scandal

BBC One has announced that Ben Whishaw (London Spy) will star as Norman Scott opposite Hugh Grant’s disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe, in Russell T Davies’ three-part drama A Very English Scandal.

The story begins in the late 1960s, when homosexuality had only just been decriminalised, and Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) had a secret that he was desperate to hide. But as long as ex-lover Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) was around, Thorpe’s career was at risk.

The trial of Jeremy Thorpe for conspiracy to murder in 1979 changed society forever and revealed the darkest secrets of the Establishment, with such deceit and corruption that it seemed almost impossible to believe.

Controller of BBC Drama, Piers Wenger, says: “Ben Whishaw is an extraordinary actor and we are thrilled to announce he will star opposite Hugh Grant in this scandalous real-life story for BBC One. I cannot wait to see this first-class British duo bring Russell’s powerful scripts to life.”

A Very English Scandal, based on the book by John Preston, is directed by Martin McDonagh and will also star Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.