Hugh Grant is to return to British television screens for the first time since the early 1990s as the disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe, who in 1979 was tried but acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott. The 3 x 60 minute production is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Stephen Frears.
A Very English Scandal is based on the bestselling book by John Preston and tells the shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. 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.
Grant, who is best known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, recently starred in the critically-acclaimed Florence Foster Jenkins (directed by Frears) for which he earned Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild nominations.