Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw to Star in ‘A Very English Scandal’

Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in "A Very English Scandal"  (Photo: BBC)
Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in "A Very English Scandal"  (Photo: BBC)

British actor Hugh Grant will return to television in new BBC drama A Very English Scandal, which tells the true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder.

The series marks Grant’s return to television for the first time since the early 1990s. He’ll be playing disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe, who was tried but acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott. Scott will be played by award-winning actor Ben Whishaw, and other familiar faces in the series’ cast include Monica Dolan, Patricia Hodge, Alex Jennings, Adrian Scarborough and Eve Myles.

Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies wrote this three-part drama, which is based on the bestselling book by John Preston. It will be directed by Academy Award nominee Stephen Frears, who helmed both The Queen and Netflix series The Crown:    

The official BBC press description promises a dramatic tale:    

It is the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalised and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, 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 changed society forever, illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment. The Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption that, at the time, hardly anyone dared believe it could be true.

The BBC also released an official image featuring Grant and Whishaw in costume, along with a fairly adorable furry friend.

The combination of a salacious and shocking true story and Grant’s return to television after so much time (and personal notoriety),

A Very English Scandal will air on BBC One next year, with an American broadcast to follow on Amazon Prime’s streaming service. Dates for both are still to be determined. 

Does this sound like the sort of thing you'd watch? (Or predict as a comeback vehicle for Grant?) Let's discuss!