Anyone watch the first episode of this drama about the downfall of Jeremy Thorpe shown last Sunday?
Moved at a rather frenzied pace compared to John Preston's original book but I thought it was a pretty decent adapatation. Good acting by Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw as Jeremy Thorpe and Norman Scott respectively. I thought Grant didn't really look like Thorpe but had his facial expressions down to a "T". Never been a great admirer of him as an actor but there's plainly more to the man than playing sub-Wodehousian nice but dim types.
This I will watch, because I watch so little TV I never check when programmes are on, but this I did pick up on and have always been interested in this story, I am sure I read a book about the subjet a few years ago, but for the life of me I cannot remember.
I think Hugh Grant is a decent actor. A lot of people think he is a bit smug, but would you not be if you had once beefed Liz Hurley.
I'll record all three and watch in a one-er. I don't mind Hugh Grant, his smugness crashed to earth after being caught with his pants down in LA. It's not his fault he gets typecast in those chick flick Rom-com's, he just counts the money....fair play. He was very vocal and instrumental suing the media for tapping into his phone messages. A truly vile and disgusting way to get something on you to sell newspapers. Anyone who sues the like of Murdoch or Morgan is ok in my book.
The book by David Mitchell is pretty decent, although I prefer his comedy stuff
When Ed Milliband met David Mitchell he told him how much he liked his books. So he records in his autobiography.
I have not read 'Cloud Atlas' but I would watch a film of it. Another thing - quite different - that Hugh Grant is good in is the 'Florence Foster Jenkins' film.
Getting off topic but I was thinking specifically of the Florence Foster Jenkins movie when I made my comments. Grant is very good in it.
Back on topic. Being American I don't know about the actual events this program is based on so I looked it up. It sounds interesting. Since Hugh Grant is in it it will likely find its way across the Atlantic.
Being American I don't know about the actual events this program is based on so I looked it up. It sounds interesting. Since Hugh Grant is in it it will likely find its way across the Atlantic.[/quote]
When I was at school the sordid court case kept the nation enthralled on a daily basis for what seemed like weeks. The whole thing was astonishing and most astonishing of all (spoiler alert) he got off scott free, so to speak.
He was interviewed last week on TV and gave an insight into it, likened it to a British Farce. Apparently Thorpe did say murder him, but no more than me saying Real Madrid will murder Liverpool this Saturday. Then the hit man was a friend of a friend of an old etonian and the gun was an old WW1 relic pistol. Has all the hallmarks of a Brian Rix farce. I'm looking forward to it.
Joking aside, and for all that the murder plot was utterly farcical, there was a fair amount of collateral damage from the case - Thorpe's first wife was killed in a road accident, the mate who we see him dining with in the first episode was basically ruined, and I think there might have been a suicide as well (Scott's landlady/older girlfriend?). All in all a pretty grim toll.
Post by maninasuitcase on May 27, 2018 9:23:19 GMT
I had forgotten this was being shown. I remember the scandal at the time. I didn't realise that Thorpe had been having a fling with Scott since the early 60s and Thorpe's two marriages were used to cover up any whiff of scandal. I hadn't realised that Thorpe and Scott's homosexual relationship went back the best part of 20 years when the trial went ahead.
It truly is a fascinating tale and I look forward to watching the TV series.
Honestas non est optimum consilium est: consilium non solum est.
I've also really enjoyed it and I've got the book but not got round to reading it yet. I'm interested in seeing a 'lost' Panorama about the case, which was pulled from the schedule in 1979 and is being shown for the first time on BBC4 straight after the last episode on Sunday.
I like the election ‘79 interview he did with Robin Day:
“Do you think your forthcoming trial for conspiracy to murder was a factor in you losing your seat?”
“Put it this way, Robin - I don’t think it helped”.
You can almost imagine that as a line from Minder (an alternative ending to the Balance of Power perhaps? Let's be honest, being charged with conspiracy to murder would have been a bit more dramatic than exceeding election expenses for giving out expired chocolates)
I have enjoyed the two episodes so far. I was about 7 when the Thorpe scandal broke in 1979 so I didn't really understand it at the time but I became quite interested in politics in the 80s so some (but by no means all) of the characters are familiar. My impression is that even if you don't know who a specific character is in a historical context, it is possible to work out how they fit in quite quickly. Is that a fair comment?