Hugh Grant Returns To TV With A Very English Scandal

BBC One has announced that Hugh Grant (About A Boy) will play disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe in three-part drama A Very English Scandal, adapted by Russell T Davies from the book by John Preston. Stephen Frears will direct.

A Very English Scandal begins in the late 1960s, when homosexuality had only just been decriminalised, and the leader of the Liberal party, Jeremy Thorpe, has a secret he’s desperate to hide.

As long as his ex-lover Norman Scott is around, Thorpe’s brilliant career is at risk. Thorpe schemes and deceives – until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good.

The trial of Jeremy Thorpe for conspiracy to murder changed society forever, illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment. The Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption that hardly anyone dared believe it could be true.

Executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, says: “Hugh is one our most iconic British actors – sharp, witty, deeply human and nuanced – and to have him play one of the most controversial figures of British politics is utterly thrilling.”

“With Russell T Davies writing and Stephen Frears directing, A Very English Scandal unites the highest level of talent to bring this extraordinary true story to life.”