Stern Show veteran Hugh Grant finds himself in over his head in the most British of ways in the trailer for “A Very English Scandal,” a three-part miniseries based on the true story of an illegal love affair which ended with a politician on trial for conspiring to kill his ex-lover.
Grant stars as Jeremy Thorpe, a respected member of British Parliament who was investigated by the police in the 1960s after reports surfaced of him engaging in a then-illegal homosexual relationship with Norman Scott (“Skyfall” and “Spectre” actor Ben Whishaw), a riding instructor and would-be model many years his junior.
Described as “a darkly comic adaptation of true events,” the trailer for the BBC series (above) hints at a fun tryst between Thorpe and Scott—and shows off Hugh’s skills on the violin to boot—but the story quickly devolves into something dreadful as Norman’s life becomes endangered by an even bigger scandal which threatens to not only end Thorpe’s political career but also potentially put him in prison.
When Hugh made his Stern Show debut in August of 2016, the actor actually shared a great many of his thoughts regarding tabloid scandals and the British press. Hugh also recalled an incredible story in which a former News of the World editor picked him up while he was stranded on the side of the road and reportedly proceeded to boast about several major misdeeds he committed while working as a member of the press, including hacking cellphones.
"They were allowed to do it with impunity," Hugh told Howard. "The police were paid off, wouldn't come after them. Government looked the other way because government in Britain is so terrified of these few big newspaper bosses."
Listen to a clip from the interview (below) and check out Howard’s full sit-down with Hugh here.
Directed by Stephen Frears (“Philomena”) and written by Russell T Davies (“Doctor Who”), “A Very English Scandal” hits BBC One and Amazon Prime later this year.