Thursday, March 11, 2021

Claire Foy and Paul Bettany to Star in Season 2 of 'A Very British Scandal' for Amazon and BBC One

Amazon and BBC One have confirmed today that Emmy winner Claire Foy (The Crown) and Paul Bettany (WandaVision) will star in the upcoming limited series A Very British Scandal - a follow-up to 2018's A Very English Scandal.

Production on the three, 60-minute episodes will begin in the United Kingdom later this year.

The new installment will focus 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 dominated the front pages as a divorcee featuring accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, secret recording, bribery and an explicit polaroid picture all played out in the white-hot glare of the 1960s media.

The season turns this scandal inside out in order to explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain, looking at attitudes toward 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.

Sarah Phelps will write the season, with Anne Sewitsky directing. They will executive produce with Foy, Kate Triggs, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Chris Ballantyne, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Diarmuid McKeown, Delyth Scudamore and Lucy Richer. Amazon Studios, BBC Studios and Blueprint Pictures will produce.