Get the First Look at Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw on 'A Very English Scandal'
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The 'Notting Hill' actor has been tapped to play British Liberal political party leader Jeremy Thorpe, who tried to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott, played by Whishaw.

AceShowbiz - The very first look at %cHugh Grant%'s upcoming TV series "A Very English Scandal" has found its way out online. On the three-part drama, the "Love Actually" star portrays British Liberal political party leader Jeremy Thorpe.

The photo sees Grant's Thorpe standing beside his ex-lover Norman Scott, who is played by %cBen Whishaw% ("Cloud Atlas"). Whishaw's Scott is featured holding an adorable pup with both of his hands.

"A Very English Scandal" is set in 1960s Britain with homosexuality only just being decriminalized. It follows Thorpe, who is set to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder of Scott, who threatens to expose his secret.

The series marks Grant's return to British television for the first time since playing Bruno de Lancel on "Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again" in 1990s. Meanwhile, Wishaw most recently starred in the first episode of BBC Four's "Queers". Titled "The Man on the Platform", the episode featured Wishaw portraying a character named Perce.

BAFTA winner Russell T Davies writes "A Very English Scandal" with Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Stephen Frears ("Florence Foster Jenkins", "The Queen") directing. "A Very English Scandal" also stars %cAlex Jennings%, %cPatricia Hodge%, %cMonica Dolan%, %cAdrian Scarborough% and %cJason Watkins%. They will be joined by %cEve Myles%, %cMichele Dotrice%, %cBlake Harrison%, %cFisayo Akinade%, %cDavid Bamber%, %cPatrick Barlow%, %cLucy Briggs-Owen%, %cPaul Hilton%, %cJonathan Hyde%, %cAlice Orr-Ewing%, %cSteffan Rhodri%, %cPaul Freeman% and %cSusan Wooldridge%.

Amazon is co-producing the upcoming series with BBC One in the U.K. Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin executive produce for Blueprint Television while Lucy Richer executive produces for the BBC. The production has already begun in London. The series is slated to premiere sometime in 2018.

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