Hugh Grant BBC drama to film in autumn
Hugh Grant’s first TV drama in more than 20 years is currently gearing up to shoot in the autumn.
A Very English Scandal will see Grant playing Jeremy Thorpe, the Liberal Party leader whose career was ended by the infamous political sex scandal of the late 1970s in which he stood trial on charges of conspiracy and incitement to murder.
Thorpe was alleged to have had an affair with former model Norman Scott, which subsequently led to charges of involvement in a plot to murder Scott.
Although eventually acquitted on all charges, the scandal and rumours leading up to the trial discredited Thorpe’s public profile and he resigned the leadership in 1976.
A Very English Scandal marks the first production from the newly-launched TV arm of Blueprint Pictures and will be delivered to BBC One as a 3 x 60. It is based on the bestseller of the same name by John Preston and is written by Russell T Davies. Stephen Frears directs.
It is executive produced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin for Blueprint Television and Lucy Richer for the BBC.
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The drama reunites Frears and Grant, who worked together on Florence Foster Jenkins, filmed two years ago.
Blueprint Pictures recently completed filming Guernsey starring Lily James and Michiel Huisman.
Hugh Grant photo via Getty Images Sport/Stuart C Wilson.
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