May 12, 2021

A scandal | Television | THE COUNTRY

A scandal | Television | THE COUNTRY

"In the last 30 years, the content of television has turned out to be much more interesting than that of the cinema." Who says it is Stephen Frears, one of the brightest British filmmakers and responsible for an extraordinary series, A Very English Scandal, produced by the BBC, which is seen on Amazon and recreates with precision and sensitivity the almost 20 years, from 1960 to 1979, of the Thorpe case, the irresistible rise of Jeremy Thorpe, a liberal deputy and later president of his party, with serious chances of settling in 10 Downing Street, until his resounding fall after a trial in which he was accused of ordering the murder of Norman Scott, his lover for years, trial in which he was acquitted despite the evidence against him and which marked the end of his political career.

There are many notable aspects in the series. In the first place, the director's elegant style, his wise tour of the upper echelons of a British society that he knows perfectly – there is his excellent The What in-, to the persecuted world of homosexuality. Frears is responsible for Open your ears Y My beautiful laundry. Second, the excellent interpretation of a Hugh Grant far removed from his romantic comedies and deserving of all possible prizes. Frears insisted on claiming it when he needed it the most, and Grant corresponded with a protagonist difficult to overcome. And, thirdly, dialogues in which impeccable education does not avoid intelligent irony.

Carlos Mendo, then a correspondent for EL PAÍS in London, recounted it in 1979: "El century judgment it has ended with an acquittal for the ex-leader Jeremy Thorpe and the rest of the accused. 'You can go.' With these three words, Judge Cantley ended, in the afternoon of yesterday, one of the most sensational processes seen in the old criminal court of Old Bailey, after knowing the verdict of the jury acquittal.


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