‘A Very British Scandal’ Release Date, Cast, Plot—All We Know About Claire Foy’s New Drama

Following on from the huge success of A Very English Scandal, A Very British Scandal will bring to life the story of British socialite Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll.

In March 1951, Margaret married Ian Douglas Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll. The pair were married for 12 years, divorcing in 1963 after their marriage became plagued by rumours of infidelity.

Margaret received the nickname “Dirty Duchess” after she became embroiled in a bitter divorce battle, which became an infamous sex scandal during the 1960s.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about A Very British Scandal, including release date, cast, trailer, plot, and more.

When Is A Very British Scandal Out?

A Very British Scandal is scheduled for release in late 2021 in the U.K. and early 2022 in the U.S.

Like A Very English Scandal, A Very British Scandal will premiere first on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer in the UK.

After the series has finished airing in the UK, A Very British Scandal will land on Amazon Prime for fans in the U.S. and across the globe.

To watch A Very British Scandal, you must have a TV license in the UK or be an Amazon Prime customer.

You can subscribe to Amazon Prime Video after a 30-day free trial now for $8.99.

Who Stars in A Very British Scandal?

The Crown’s Claire Foy will portray Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll.

Paul Bettany, best known for playing J.A.R.V.I.S./VIsion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will star as the 11th Duke of Argyll.

Sally4Ever’s Julia Davis will star as Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin, and Ava, a member of the Guinness family.

Also starring in the series is The Trial of Christine Keeler’s Amanda Drew, Harlots star Richard McCabe, The Death of Stalin’s Tim Steed, and War & Peace actress Katherine Manners.

The Crown’s Richard Goulding will also star in the series opposite Sherlock’s Jonathan Ris, Trying’s Oliver Chris, Phantom Thread’s Camilla Rutherford, and The Elephant Man’s Phoebe Nicholls.

What Is A Very British Scandal About?

A Very British Scandal comes from the same team behind A Very English Scandal, which dramatized the downfall of Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) following his relationship with young model Norman Josiffe, also known as Norman Scott (Ben Wishaw).

It is penned by Dublin Murders writer Sarah Phelps.

This time around, the three-part series will focus on the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, one of the most notorious legal cases of the 20th century.

Margaret, Duchess of Argyll was a British socialite who was no stranger to the front pages but as the divorce proceedings continued, her reputation and character were torn apart with accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, and bribery.

The case took an extraordinary turn when an explicit polaroid of the Duchess was made public.

The synopsis per the BBC teases: “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 towards 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.”

Is There A Trailer for A Very British Scandal?

No, unfortunately, there is not a trailer for A Very British Scandal yet. A trailer is expected to drop closer to the show’s release date.

In the meantime, some first-look images of the series have been teased by the BBC, depicting Claire Foy as the late Margaret Campbell.

The images also introduce Paul Bettany as Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll, and Julia Davis as Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin.

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A Very English Scandal is also available to stream via the BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime now if you want to catch up on the first installment in the anthology series.

A Very British Scandal is coming soon to BBC and Amazon Prime.

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