A Very English Scandal - Hugh Grant

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  1. Barbara Fan

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    Just back from hols and I have been glued to the iplayer to watch this on catch up
    Usually Hugh Grant leaves me cold but he is fantastic in this drama and surely a handful of awards will come his way next year as he takes on the role of former leader of the Liberal party Jeremy Thorpe and a scandal that his the press at the end of the 1970s

    https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/t...-Hugh-Grant-Norman-Scott-Ben-Whishaw-BBC-cast

    A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL has enthralled viewers with its dark humour and captivating plot led by Hugh Grant in the role of Jeremy Thorpe. But there was one factor that could have stopped him from taking on the role of the MP.

    The BBC series is based on the book of the same name written by John Preston which charts the real-life scandal of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe who was tried for conspiring to murder his former lover, Norman Scott (played by Ben Whishaw).

    However, Hugh has revealed he only took the role as long as one condition was met.

    The revelation came as Hugh spoke on how he was physically transformed to look like Jeremy.

    The actor divulged: “It’s a work of genius by Daniel Phillips, who did Florence Foster Jenkins and who’s this wonderful multi-award winning make up artist.

    “In fact, I kind of said in a gentle way that I didn’t want to do the job unless he did it, and luckily they managed to organise that.”
    Hugh previously worked with Daniel on the film Florence Foster Jenkins and he had clearly made quite the impression.

    The 57-year-old went on to explain how he had morphed into the character.

    He spilled”: “I’ve got brown contact lenses, the very distinctive Jeremy Thorpe hair. They’ve given me a much more five o’clock shadow, he was very hirsute, dark.


    “He was gaunt so I lost…I bought a bicycle and went round Richmond Park for about four months and I lost about six kilos. And then Daniel’s brought out the hollow cheeks here with shadow.

    “The equally brilliant Suzanne Cave did the costumes and I’ve had these wonderful suits made in the very distinctive Jeremy Thorpe style.

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    A Very English Scandal: Hugh Grant has received acclaim for his portrayal of Jeremy Thorpe

    “He loved a double-breasted waistcoat. He had this ridiculous watch-chain and she’s recreated that beautifully.”

    Hugh was 19 when the trial began and he went on to recall how it felt to him as a schoolboy at the time.

    He divulged: ”I remember these events, I grew up during them, and it was a very riveting and juicy business.

    "It was all happening when I was at school and it was a source of much sniggering – you know schoolboys.

    “The jokes were all good: 'Join the Liberals and widen your circle' – so I do remember it."

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    A Very English Scandal: Hugh Grant lost six kilos for the role
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    A Very English Scandal: The series will finish tonight as Jeremy Thorpe is put on trial
    The three-part series culminates this evening following last-week’s dramatic caper.

    Thorpe sent a hitman after Norman, however, after shooting the beloved Great Dane, Rinka, the gun jammed and so Norman survived.

    The official synopsis for episode three reads: “Having survived a bungled attempt on his life, Norman Scott publicly accuses Jeremy Thorpe of being behind a plot to kill him.

    “After years of acrimony between them, Norman and Jeremy finally go head to head in court with the world watching.”

    • A Very English Scandal concludes tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
     
  2. Angela Channing

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    The casting of the two main roles, Jeremy Thorpe and Normal Scott, has been superb, I couldn't think of any actors I would prefer to see in either part. I think Hugh Grant is a much underrated actor ever since I saw him in Florence Foster Jenkins and more recently in Paddington 2 but I think this three part series is probably his best performance to date.
     
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    I finished watching this last night
    What a tour de force by Hugh Grant, he was totally believable as Jeremy Thorpe and played it very well

    So did all the other cast - but it was strange to see "Oh Betty the donkey did a whoopsie in the corridor" Spencer in it!!!!!
     
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