Media release: A Very English Scandal masterclass to come to Edinburgh


THE award-winning team from the acclaimed BBC One drama, A Very English Scandal – actor, Hugh Grant; writer, Russell T Davies; director, Stephen Frears; producer, Dan Winch and executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins – are to join an exclusive masterclass at the Edinburgh TV Festival, chaired by writer, presenter and broadcaster, Sue Perkins.

Adapted from John Preston’s novel, A Very English Scandal is the shocking true story of Jeremy Thorpe, the former Liberal Party leader who stood trial for conspiracy to murder his secret ex-lover Norman Scott. The three-part drama, starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, debuted on BBC One to widespread critical acclaim, recently heading to American audiences on Amazon Prime US.

This exciting masterclass will delve into the sensational adaptation, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and challenges involved in bringing this sensitive true-life story to the screen. Hugh Grant will also talk about his first appearance in a television programme in over a decade and discuss what drew him to this iconic role.

Advisory chair, Phil Edgar-Jones, said: “A Very English Scandal had millions gripped with its deft re-telling of one of the craziest political scandals to grace British politics. Brilliantly written by Russell T Davies, with delicately drawn characterisations from Ben Whishaw and Hugh Grant, the series has received incredible praise from both the UK and US media. If you haven’t bought your Edinburgh ticket already, this session is worth the admission price alone.”

As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network.

Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.
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