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Episode #1.2 

As Jeremy's political career gains ground, he becomes determined to bring his plan to fruition and get rid of Norman for good.


Stephen Frears


John Preston (based on book 'A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment' by), Russell T. Davies

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Jeremy Thorpe
Alex Jennings ... Peter Bessell
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... David Holmes
Naomi Battrick ... Diana Stainton
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ... Captain Myers
Ben Whishaw ... Norman Scott
Lucy Briggs-Owen Lucy Briggs-Owen ... Sue Scott
Morgan Watkins ... Mike Steele
Patricia Hodge ... Ursula Thorpe
Jason Watkins ... Emlyn Hooson
Alice Orr-Ewing ... Caroline Allpass
Eve Myles ... Gwen Parry-Jones
Andrew French Andrew French ... Sergeant at Arms
Peter F. Gardiner Peter F. Gardiner ... David Steel
Michael Culkin ... Reginald Maudling


In 1969 Norman makes a disastrous and short-lived marriage whilst Jeremy's wife Caroline dies in a car crash and he has more bad news when Norman tells his story to his ex-lover's political rival Emlyn Hooson though Jeremy remains triumphant and resumes his plan to kill Norman. Five years later Jeremy, now wed to Marion and a step closer to becoming prime minister, nurses the same murderous thoughts but an inept assassin ensures Norman's survival. Written by don @ minifie-1

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At the beginning of Episode 2, when Peter Bessell tells Jeremy Thorpe that he's leaving the UK for America to escape his debts, Thorpe adds that he's escaping a scorned wife and asks how "the new girl" is. This is a reference to Bessell's American girlfriend, Diane Kelly, with whom he truly did elope to settle in Oceanside, California. See more »


At 18:05 and 45:50 there are shots of Parliament with Portcullis House clearly visible behind it. It did not open until 2001. See more »


Jeremy Thorpe: [learning that Peter Bessell is planning to re-marry and leave for America] Peter, I wish you a long and happy life. And then I wish for Norman Scott to be killed.
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Episode 2
28 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Episode 2 lurks from farce to dark comedy. There is tragedy for Jeremy Thorpe as his wife dies in a car crash leaving him to raise an infant son.

Norman Scott made an attempt at marriage himself in 1969, to the sister in law of the actor Terry-Thomas who did not turn up to Scott's wedding. I say, what a cad!

Scott's father in law calls him out as a homosexual during the wedding speech. Norman has a child but the marriage is short lived. Norman cannot get a job because he did not have a National Insurance card.

Yet Norman criss crosses the country getting menial jobs as people just are nice to him not knowing he actually leaves a trail of destruction behind. Norman meets a troubled widow Gwen who introduces him to her local Liberal MP Emlyn Hooson, who happens to be a rival of Thorpe. Pretty soon Gwen is found dead, though to be suicide.

Despite Thorpe being offered the post of Deputy PM after the hung parliament in February 1974. The thought of getting rid of Scott never seem to be far behind his thoughts each time he suffers some sort of a setback. Thorpe's friend Pedro even at one point asks an associate of Thorpe to hatch a plan where they pretend to have tried to kill Scott.

However incompetence continues as a hit man is despatched to get rid of Scott, he makes a dog's dinner of it by going to the wrong town looking for Scott.

Director Stephen Frears keeps up with the breakneck speed of RTD's writing. Frears is well served by his actors especially Grant who oozes insincere oily charm. The insincerity is matched by Alex Jennings and Jason Watkins who also play politicians.

Ben Whishaw does not have to portray insincerity, just doe eyed stupidness and cunning. Whishaw certainly deserves his National Insurance card after his performance.

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