'A Very British Scandal': 5 things to know about Amazon Prime Video historical drama

'A Very British Scandal': 5 things to know about Amazon Prime Video historical drama
Claire Foy as Margaret Campbell in 'A Very British Scandal' (Amazon Prime Video)

Histories of nations throughout the world are littered with scandal and affairs that continue to intrigue modern audiences to date and make for captivating pieces of entertainment. Britain too, is one such nation and Amazon Prime Video's newest drama is all about a case that made waves in the country.

'A Very British Scandal' chronicles the messy turn that a love story takes as money, adultery, power, and societal expectations come into play. The show revolves around the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, which left the people appalled as a tale was spun regarding the circumstances of the split. Full of love gone sour, drama, vendettas, and more the Amazon Prime Video series is setting itself up as a must-watch. Before reading on to know more, do check out 'The Crown' and 'Downtown Abbey' if historical dramas are exactly your cup of tea!


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When does 'A Very British Scandal' release and where to watch it

'A Very British Scandal' is set to premiere on April 22, 2022. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

What is 'A Very British Scandal' about

According to the official Amazon Prime Video synopsis:  'A Very British Scandal' focuses on the divorce of the Duke (Paul Bettany) and Duchess of Argyll (Claire Foy), one of the most notorious, extraordinary, and brutal legal cases of the 20th Century. Famed for her charisma, beauty, and style, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, 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. 'A Very British Scandal' 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.

Who stars in the Amazon Prime Video historical drama miniseries

Claire Foy as Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll

Claire Foy is an acclaimed British actress who made her screen debut with the pilot episode of the 2008 series Being Human' and followed it up with works that include 'Season of the Witch', ' Crossbones, 'The Promise', the miniseries 'Wolf Hall' which won her praise and more. Her role as a young Queen Elizabeth in Netflix's 'The Crown' won her global acclaim.  Her performance earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress -Television Series Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series twice, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series along with a nomination for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress. Foy will play the female lead of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll in the Prime Video miniseries. 


The rest of the cast consists of Paul Bettany as Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll, Julia Davis as Maureen Guinness, Richard McCabe as George Whigham, Sophia Myles as Louise Campbell, Phoebe Nicholls as Helen Whigham, Amanda Drew as Yvonne MacPherson, Jonathan Aris as John Wheatley, Baron Wheatley, Oliver Chris as George Emslie, Richard Goulding as Charles Jauncey, Timothy Renouf as Peter Combe, Nicholas Rowe as Walter Fraser, Camilla Rutherford as Diana Napier and Sophie Ward as Janet Kidd.


'A Very British Scandal' is written by Sarah Phelps and directed by Anne Sewitsky who are also the executive producers along with Claire Foy, Kate Triggs, and Delyth Scudamore. 


Click below for a taste of the messy love affair to come!


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