In 1965 Jeremy Thorpe, a successful Liberal MP and in line for the party's leadership, tells his friend Peter Bessell how, four years earlier, he met the handsome stable boy Norman Josiffe. Jeremy takes the homeless youngster in to repay an act of kindness and a sexual relationship follows. However Norman feels used, threatening to expose Jeremy, and Peter is sent to pacify him. Whilst progressives attempt to legalize homosexuality in parliament Jeremy plans a smoke-screen by marrying Caroline but Norman, his surname changed to Scott and a leading fashion model, still poses a threat. As a result Jeremy considers drastic action to silence him.
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Did You Know?
Episode 1's Dublin-set scenes were, in fact, filmed in the town of Bridgend, Wales. See more
Numerous errors such as in a scene set in 1974 the caravan Scott is living in bears a T (1978) number plate. Many 1970's Plessey Press Button phones present in 1960s scenes. See more
[Leo Abse is trying to find supporters for his Private Member's Bill to decriminalise homosexuality
I will refuse to sit in any Cabinet meeting where this filthy subject is even being discussed. We would be licensing buggers' clubs. I have no desire to go down in history as the man responsible for legalising sodomy in Britain!
Stranger on The Shore
Written by Acker Bilk
Performed by Acker Bilk See more