A Very English Scandal cast and spoilers from BBC One’s new drama


A Very English Scandal starts on BBC One tonight – but who’s on the cast and what’s it all about?

A Very English Scandal is the shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder.

The BBC say: “It is 1960s England, homosexuality is illegal and the politician Jeremy Thorpe begins a whirlwind affair with a young stable hand, Norman Scott. But when the relationship turns sour and Jeremy’s career goes from strength to strength, Norman becomes a secret that Jeremy is desperate to hide.

“In 1967, Jeremy becomes the leader of the Liberal Party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, but as long as his ex-lover Norman is around, his brilliant career is at risk. Behind the oak-panelled doors of Parliament, Jeremy turns to his friends for decisive action. He can see only one way to silence him for good.”

A Very English Scandal is written by the BAFTA winning writer Russell T Davies, based on the book by John Preston and directed by Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Stephen Frears.

The three-part series airs Sunday nights at 9PM on BBC One.

A Very English Scandal cast

A Very English Scandal stars Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott.

They’re joined by Alex Jennings (The Queen, Victoria), Patricia Hodge (Miranda, Maxwell), Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult, Strike), Adrian Scarborough (On Chesil Beach, The King’s Speech) and Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, W1A), with Eve Myles (Torchwood, Victoria), Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Starfish) and Blake Harrison (Trust Me, The Inbetweeners).

Alex Jennings plays Peter Bessell, Patricia Hodge plays Ursula Thorpe, David Bamber plays Lord Arran, Jason Watkins plays Emlyn Hooson.

A Very English Scandal spoilers

In tonight’s third and final episode, having survived a bungled attempt on his life, Norman accuses Jeremy of being behind the murder attempt – and goes public.

After years of acrimony between them, Norman and Jeremy finally go head to head in court, with the world watching on.