Mission only partly accomplished. The man staking out his happiness plan is the Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe Hugh Grant , and the one listening is his close friend and fellow politician Peter Bessell Alex Jennings. Repression, denial and gentility are the pillars of this high-end show, written by Russell T. Everything is in tension, if not outright conflict.
8 Very English Political Scandals
The Closet Professor: A Very British Sex Scandal
He is a closet homosexual and like many gay men at that time, lives in secret as homosexuality is against the law. One evening he meets Eddie McNally, who is on leave from the air force and the pair embark on an affair together. However, it is their weekend at the estate of Lord Edward Montagu which eventually leads to a scandal which rocked modern Britain and led to a reconsideration of, and the eventual decriminilisation of homosexuality. Director: Patrick Reams.
Review: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Is Very Good. And Scandalous.
I watched it at the time and it has stuck with me ever since, a devastatingly powerful piece of film-making and a pertinent reminder of the struggles and battles that others fought in order for gay people to live in a more equal society today. Written and directed by Patrick Reams, it centres on the mids trial of several well-known men arrested for gross indecency and buggery which proved to be a landmark moment in solidifying public opinion against such legislation, stemming the virulently anti-homosexual political establishment and eventually leading to the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting adults in Britain. The film is a combination of dramatisations of key moments and events from the story interspersed with a set of interviews with gay men who were alive at the time.
It was the case that had everything: aristocrats, airmen, entrapment and immunity. But one gay man in the dock refused to go quietly. T he Wildeblood case was less sensational than the Wilde case, but it has had as much of an afterlife. While he was serving his sentence Wildeblood resented the well-meaning assumption, made by warders and others, that he would disappear when he was released, most likely living abroad as Wilde had done. Instead, he intended to take up his interrupted life — and he did, though with a new reformist agenda.