The first trailer has been released for Sarah Phelps’ highly anticipated A Very British Scandal, starting on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Boxing Day at 9pm. The three episodes will air on BBC One over consecutive nights, and be available to watch immediately as a boxset on BBC iPlayer.
Written by Sarah Phelps and directed by Anne Sewitsky, A Very British Scandal focuses on the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, one of the most notorious, extraordinary, and brutal legal cases of the 20th century. Famed for her charisma, beauty, and style, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (Claire Foy), dominated the front pages, as the divorce exposed accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, bribery, and an explicit Polaroid picture that was to haunt her for the rest of her life.
A Very British Scandal turns this scandal inside out in order to explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain, looking at attitudes towards women, and asking whether institutional misogyny was widespread at the time. As her contemporaries, the press, and the judiciary sought to vilify her, Margaret kept her head held high with bravery and resilience, refusing to go quietly as she was betrayed by her friends and publicly shamed by a society that revelled in her fall from grace.
A Very English Scandal begins on BBC One at 9.00pm on Boxing Day with the series available in full from that night on BBC iPlayer.