'A Very English Scandal': First Look at Hugh Grant as Infamous British Politician

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Hugh Grant (as Jeremy Thorpe) and Ben Whishaw (as Norman Scott) on set for BBC One's 'A Very English Scandal'

Grant stars as British Liberal political party leader Jeremy Thorpe, who in 1979 was tried and acquitted of the murder of his ex-lover Norman Scott, who is being played by Ben Whishaw.

The first look at Hugh Grant's return to British television for A Very English Scandal has been released. The three-part drama (three hourlong episodes) will premiere on BBC One in 2018 and is also being produced by Amazon Prime Videos in the U.S.

A Very English Scandal stars Grant as British Liberal political party leader Jeremy Thorpe, who in 1979 was tried and acquitted of the murder of his ex-lover Norman Scott, who is being played by Ben Whishaw. Filming has already begun in London.

The drama was written by BAFTA winner Russell T. Davies and is being directed by Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Stephen Frears (Florence Foster Jenkins, The Queen).

Joining Grant and Wishaw will be joined on the drama series by Alex Jennings (The Queen, Victoria), Patricia Hodge (Miranda, Maxwell), Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult, Strike), Adrian Scarborough (On Chesil Beach, The King’s Speech), Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, W1A), Eve Myles (Torchwood, Victoria), Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Starfish) and Blake Harrison (Trust Me, The Inbetweeners).

Fisayo Akinade, David Bamber, Patrick Barlow, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Paul Hilton, Jonathan Hyde, Alice Orr-Ewing, Steffan Rhodri, Paul Freeman and Susan Wooldridge are also among the cast.

A Very English Scandal is being distributed by Sony Pictures Television and produced by Sony-backed Blueprint Television, the sister company to Blueprint Pictures, which produced The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Toronto International Film Fest audience award winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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