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A Very British Scandal

NR 59m

Written by Sarah Phelps (The Pale Horse, Dublin Murders), A Very British Scandal focuses on the divorce of the Duke (Paul Bettany) and Duchess of Argyll (Claire Foy), one of the most notorious, extraordinary, and brutal legal cases of the 20th Century. Famed for her charisma, beauty, and style, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, dominated the front pages as a divorcee featuring accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, secret recording, bribery, and an explicit polaroid picture all played out in the white-hot glare of the 1960s media. A Very British Scandal turns this scandal inside out in order to explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain, looking at attitudes toward women, and asking whether institutional misogyny was widespread at the time. As her contemporaries, the press, and the judiciary sought to vilify her, Margaret kept her head held high with bravery and resilience, refusing to go quietly as she was betrayed by her friends and publicly shamed by a society that reveled in her fall from grace.

Starring: Paul Bettany, Claire Foy,

Directed by: Anne Sewitsky

Written by: Sarah Phelps

Produced by: Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Diarmuid McKeown, Russell T Davies, Stephen Frears, Lucy Richer

Q&A: Claire Foy, Paul Bettany