Back in the 1970s, a member of the British Parliament named Jeremy Thorpe was accused first of having a sexual affair with a man named Norman Josiffe and, second, hiring someone to kill him. Thorpe was never found guilty of any crimes (there’s a chance their affair never even happened), and was voted out of Parliament in 1979.
I’d never heard of this whole mess (known colloquially as the Thorpe affair) before watching the trailer for BBC’s upcoming miniseries A Very English Scandal, which stars Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as Thorpe and Josiffe, but now that I have I simply must read the book on which it’s based. It really seems to have everything: political intrigue, cold, mid-century unpleasantness, and plenty of gay shit!
The beautifully titled A Very English Scandal premieres on BBC this month. It’ll hit Amazon Prime later this year.