The ‘WandaVision’ star and the ‘Crown’ actress will play the Duke and Duchess of Argyll in the new period of the BBC/Amazon limited series, named ‘A Very British Scandal.’
The Crown actress Claire Foy and WandaVision star Paul Bettany have endorsed on to feature A Very British Scandal, season two of the BBC/Amazon Studios limited series A Very English Scandal, which reexamines tabloid “scandals” of the past.
Bettany and Foy will play the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, a high-society couple whose exceptionally public divorce was a tabloid sensation of 1960s Britain. Renowned for her appeal, excellence and style, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, ended up criticized by the press, blamed of forgery, theft, violence and drug abuse, with media inclusion at the time focusing on an explicit Polaroid picture.
Sarah Phelps is penning the script for the three-part limited series, which Anne Sewitsky (Happy) will coordinate. Shooting is set to start in the U.K. not long from now.
“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,” said Phelps in a statement. “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.”
Said Foy, “I’m so excited to work with Anne, Sarah and Paul on this extraordinary project, and to explore through this story, how often shame, judgment and controversy surrounds a woman’s sexuality.”
Bettany added that he was “delighted to be working with the remarkable Claire Foy to tell the fascinating and scandalous story of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and their very complicated lives.”
The three-part series will debut on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the U.K. what’s more, be accessible on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Sony Pictures Television is handling international sales for the series and brokered the arrangement with Amazon Studios. SPT-upheld Blueprint Pictures are producing the series.
A Very English Scandal (2018) featured Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw and zeroed in on British Liberal Party pioneer Jeremy Thorpe (Grant), who had to stand trial in 1979, blamed for scheme to kill his gay ex-lover (Whishaw).
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