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From the makers of A Very English Scandal comes A Very British Scandal, the new BBC One-Amazon Studios limited series starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany.

Claire Foy & Paul Bettany
Claire Foy — Photo by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani | Paul Bettany — Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Primetime Emmy® and Golden Globes® awards winner Claire Foy (The Crown, Wolf Hall) and BAFTA Awards nominee Paul Bettany (WandaVision, Avengers: Infinity War) will lead the cast of A Very British Scandal, which focuses on the divorce of the Duke (Bettany) and Duchess of Argyll (Foy), 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, dominated the front pages as a divorce — one featuring accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, secret recording, bribery, and an explicit Polaroid picture — played out in the white-hot glare of the 1960s media.

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 reveled in her fall from grace.

The three-part series is written by Sarah Phelps (A Very English Scandal, Dublin Murders), who said:

“Writing the story of Margaret’s life and the events leading up to and including her divorce from the Duke has been a passion project of mine since 1993 when I first heard her name and started learning about her. I felt very strongly that she’d been punished for being a woman, for being visible, for refusing to back down, be a good girl and go quietly. This drama is my tribute to her.”

A production of Blueprint Pictures (A Very English Scandal, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), A Very British Scandal will be directed by Anne Sewitsky (Black Mirror) and produced by Chris Ballantyne (Marcella). The Executive Producers are Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Diarmuid McKeown and Delyth Scudamore for Blueprint Pictures, Lucy Richer for the BBC, Sarah Phelps, Anne Sewitsky, Claire Foy, Kate Triggs, and Dominic Treadwell-Collins. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer. Amazon Studios is co-producing in the US.

Filming will take place across the UK later this year. Further casting will be announced in due course.

A Very British Scandal will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (dates tba).

Stay tuned for updates.


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A Very British Scandal: New BBC One-Amazon Studios Drama to Star Claire Foy & Paul Bettany
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