'A Very English Scandal' Series 2 Will Focus On First Public 'Slut-Shaming' Case

The first spin-off of the award-winning drama A Very English Scandal will explore the sex scandal of the Duchess of Argyll.

Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins told the Radio Times that the miniseries would initially focus on the first woman to be publicly 'slut shamed' in 1963..

He said the Golden Globe-winning miniseries would be developed into a franchise like US show American Crime Story.

The sequel will initially focus on the case of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, who was publicly 'slut-shamed'
The sequel will initially focus on the case of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, who was publicly 'slut-shamed'

The divorce of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, and the 11th Duke of Argyll was widely reported on media when a list emerged of some 88 men she had slept with.

Dominic explained: "We're going to focus on the very public divorce from her second husband.

"He went through her private desk and found a list of all the men she'd slept with, as well as three polaroid photos of her wearing only her pearls and giving a bl*w j*b to a man whose head was out of the picture."

Presiding judge Lord Wheatley said the evidence established that the Duchess 'was a completely promiscuous woman whose sexual appetite could only be satisfied with a number of men'.

The original BBC series A Very English Scandal starred Hugh Grant as Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe who attempted to cover an affair with ex-lover Norman Josiffe, played by Ben Whishaw, in the late 1970s.

The original series starred Hugh Grant as Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as his lover Norman
The original series starred Hugh Grant as Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as his lover Norman

Asked if the original series writer Russell T Davies would return to pen the new series, Dominic said no but explained that Russell would be involved in future stories.

He told Radio Times: "I'm talking to Russell about another story because we have a few more ideas in development.

"But for a feminist scandal, I need a female writer."

It's reported that Sarah Phelps, who is famously known for her work on Eastenders, has been asked to write the drama.

The new series will use letters and photos found by BBC researchers.

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