A Very British Scandal: Claire Foy stars in BBC trailer
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Andrew Neil has aired his thoughts on BBC One’s A Very British Scandal, which depicts the high-profile divorce between the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. The series stars The Crown actress Claire Foy as Margaret Campbell, who was found to have committed adultery during her marriage to Ian Campbell (Paul Bettany). The news mogul took to Twitter to share his views on all three episodes.
A Very British Scandal arrived over the Christmas period and the three-part series delved into one of the biggest scandals in British history.
Margaret Campbell was the first woman to be publicly shamed in the mainstream media following her divorce from Ian Campbell in 1963.
She was found to have engaged in sexual activity with a number of men after damning evidence was located.
The final episode of the series shows Judge Lord Wheatley giving a verdict that lasted more than three hours.
Veteran journalist Andrew Neil said of the series on Twitter: “Now seen all three eps of A Very British Scandal.
“Beautifully produced by BBC. Basically it’s about two upper class, self-entitled, obsessed products of the social system with combined IQ in single figures who never worked day in their lives +no redeeming social value whatsoever.”
His followers took to the comments to share their own responses, with bobspa2sta saying: “Brought up in an atheistic, moral vacuum, or a pseudo religious setting where faith was disconnected from gospel teachings, no doubt.
“It’s why godless chatter is dangerous in any society or church.”
Mike Looseley added: “Well, the Duke fought in France in 39/40, was captured and spent 5 years suffering God knows what as a POW so some redeeming value.
“Maybe some of his behaviour would today be ascribed to PTSD.”
Diana said: “Perhaps give a shout out to the glorious @PhelpsieSarah who wrote it. Spectacular stuff.”
The Duke of Argyll had become suspicious of his wife’s whereabouts as she was renowned for being promiscuous.
The divorce proceedings began after he found Polaroid images of his wife naked with another man.
These iconic images showed a man with his head cropped out in the photograph, making him unidentifiable.
The Duchess never revealed the name of the man, or men, she was with in the image.
She was a notoriously bad liar and was hung out to try by the courts as the evidence was stacked against her.
Branded the Dirty Duchess, she was the first female to be publicly shamed in Britain by the media.
Her husband was asked to pay out one-eighth of the expenses, with the Duchess having to pay the rest.
Five weeks after the divorce was settled, Ian Campbell remarried.
The damning images of the Duchess would go on to tarnish her name until she died.
Other fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the series.
Katie Happy Q’Mas saying: “‘A Very British Scandal’ by @PhelpsieSarah. Brilliant drama as always by our festive wonder writer. Love the casting + learned lots.”
Christof R Davis added: “Devoured #AVeryBritishScandal on @BBCiPlayer in a single sitting last night.
“Bravo to @PhelpsieSarah for a deliciously engaging and fantastically written piece of television.”
A Very British Scandal concludes tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
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